Tim Howard has hailed new Swansea City boss Bob Bradley and insists he is the most forthright manager he's played under in his career.
The former USA national team head coach faces Arsenal on Saturday as he takes charge of his first game since being appointed at the Liberty Stadium.
And Howard, who has worked with the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson and Jurgen Klinsmann, insists 58-year-old Bradley has all the qualities to succeed in the Premier League.
He told Goal : "Bob is not a pushover, and I think that will surprise so many people who don’t know him.
"He’s the most forthright coach I’ve ever played for. You know where you stand. He tells you. He shoots straight between the eyes, good or bad. Players love that and appreciate it.
"If things aren’t going great, he’ll tell you. But if things are going really well, he’ll also tell you that.
"With Bob you never guess, you never have to guess where you stand. I think most of the players will tell you, man to man, they appreciate that."Bradley has become the first American to be appointed as a manager in England's top-flight league and Howard believes it is long overdue, insisting that he expects the former Egypt boss to set high standards.
He added: "It's about time. Where U.S. soccer has come, and what the players have done and what we’ve done at World Cups, it’s shocking that an American coach hasn’t had an opportunity in England.
"He’s very demanding. He expects certain levels of performance and certain levels of responsibility and leadership with his teams. He doesn’t hide that fact.
"Having said that, he’s human. He’s a father, and a grandfather and a husband. He’s all these really compassionate things and he does treat his players as such. He genuinely cares about his players.
"I don’t know how he does it, but he somehow finds that balance of being really, really tough on his teams and pushes them, while also being able to put an arm around his players.
"I think Bob’s journey has been fascinating. His willingness to take risks. He always brings stability to the teams that he coaches. We always knew he was a fantastic coach, but it’s exciting to see him get the opportunity.
"Swansea is a club I played against many times. They need stability. They need someone like Bob to come in there and give them some success, and he can help deliver that."