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Bradley hints at Villa link

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Last Updated: 11/08/10 7:37pm

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Bradley: Villa link

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Doubts over the future of USA coach Bob Bradley have surfaced after he was linked to the vacant Aston Villa job.

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Bradley saw his team lose 2-0 to Brazil on Wednesday amid speculation he was favourite to take over from Martin O'Neill at Villa Park under American owner Randy Lerner.

The 52-year-old confirmed that a representative had spoken to fellow Premier League team Fulham on his behalf last month before Mark Hughes took over the role.

And when asked directly about reports linking him to Villa, Bradley said he would "love to coach in Europe."

Bradley's contract in charge of the States expires at the end of the year and he should he in charge for two friendlies in October if he sees out the remainder of his deal.

No problem

But he refused to say whether he would be around for those games. Bradley said: "My contract is through (to) the end of the year so it's no problem for me.

"I'll be thinking later about those games and like I have said there will be discussions."

Prior to the Brazil defeat, Bradley said that discussions with US Soccer chief Sunil Gulati over his future had been put on hold until after the match.

Bradley would become the first American to manage in the English top flight and Gulati himself could be after a change in direction in the USA's next appointment.

Gulati hinted after the World Cup that it might be time for an experienced foreign coach to take the Stars and Stripes forward.

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