USA coach Bob Bradley would be 'honoured' to talk to Aston Villa chairman Randy Lerner

US coach Bradley interested in Villa vacancy...
Aston Villa target and United States coach Bob Bradley would be 'honoured' to talk to club owner Randy Lerner about becoming Martin O'Neill's successor.

Bradley impressed as US coach during this summer's World Cup campaign and the Confederations Cup last year, and has been touted as a serious contender for the vacancy at Villa Park.

"I'd be honoured to have a conversation with Randy Lerner," Bradley told BBC Radio 5 Live's 'Sportsweek'.

"I've had no contact with him. There have been talks with my representatives to find out the situation."

O'Neill left his position at the helm of Villa Park, which he'd held for four years, just five days before the start of the new Premier League season. The main reason for his departure was cited as being the protracted transfer of James Milner to Manchester City.

Bradley's contract with the US national team runs until the end of the year, and he said although he did not want his achievements to be overlooked or disregarded in any way, he had "always been excited by the possibility of managing in Europe".

He added: "Following the World Cup there have been some discussions with US Soccer about what the future holds, and we will continue those discussions in the next few weeks and we will see what happens.

"I think that there are challenges on both sides. I have always been excited by the possibility of being a manager in Europe, but we're proud of the work we have put in with the US team and it's important to see that as a challenge."

Reserve team manager Kevin MacDonald has been in temporary charge at Villa Park since O'Neill's departure and Bradley believes that Villa have dealt with the situation very sensibly, showing that Randy Lerner is providing a good environment for whoever gets the job.

"Aston Villa have taken a good stance," stated Bradley.

"They are patient and have a very good man in Kevin MacDonald, who is highly respected in the club. They are probably putting a list together as well as making sure Kevin has time to consider his future."

When quizzed on whether he would be interested in taking up the Villa job, Bradley said: "Of course. Villa is a massive club, with a great history and a great following. Those opportunities would of course be of interest. It's pretty clear that Randy Lerner has done a solid job where tradition is kept."

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