Bob Bradley has returned to familiar stomping grounds in Norway as it was announced on Sunday that he was appointed once again as coach of Stabaek in the Eliteserien.
The 65-year-old coach has signed a deal until the end of the season with an intention to extend. This is his first job since being fired by Major League Soccer’s Toronto FC in June.
Bradley is no stranger to the club based in the suburbs of Oslo. He was first appointed head coach of the Blues in January 2014. At that time he led them to a respectable ninth-place finish in the league. However, it would be the 2015 season in which the coach led them to their best finish since 2008 as they took third place and booked a spot in the UEFA Europa League qualifiers.
That moment now seems such a long time ago because Stabaek is struggling for survival in Norway’s top flight. Currently, they are languishing in 15th place in the standings with 16 points. However, with 10 games left in the season and only two points separating them from 13th-place Valerenga, the odds are very promising for them to survive the drop.
The much-traveled coach has a lengthy resume with teams in MLS, Le Havre, Swansea City as well as the United States and Egypt’s men’s national teams.
Bradley will get the survival push underway on September 18 when Stabaek welcomes Brann to the Nadderud Stadion.