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Bob Bradley: Premier League is 'what every manager in the world thinks about'

New Swansea manager Bob Bradley is thrilled to be working in the league that “every manager in the world thinks about and wants to try.”

The American was hired Oct. 3 to replace Francesco Guidolin after Swansea took just four points from its first seven games and sits above the relegation zone solely on goal difference.

And Bradley, who has managed the U.S. and Egyptian national teams along with Norweigan club Stabaek and Ligue 2 club Le Havre, is excited to have a chance to manage in the English Premier League.

“The Premier League is absolutely what every manager in the world thinks about and wants to try to taste,” Bradley told Swansea’s official website. “You look at some of the people who are managing in the Premier League right now and I’m really excited to come and work in the best league and try to make sure every time we step on the field, our football speaks for itself.”

Bradley joins with the Swans in a tough position, though he can take some solace in the difficulty of the schedule thus far — the club has faced Liverpool, Chelsea, Southampton, league leader Manchester City and reigning champion Leicester City. And he believes the talent is there for a turnaround.

“I think it’s a squad that been put together in a really good way,” he said. “And now for me, it’s about getting to know them. It’s about making sure they get a little idea who I am. I don’t come here now and have all the answers. But I do come to listen, to observe. I’ve got ideas on what kind of football we want to play.”

The schedule does not get any easier right away, as Bradley’s debut after the international break will be a trip to London to face Arsenal, which sits third in the table with 16 points. But Bradley is looking forward to the challenge.

“It’s a great first test. Obviously, I’ve been to Emirates many times and Arsenal football speaks for itself,” he said. “But again, when you look at what Swansea City has been about in recent years, there’s always been this confidence that when you step on the field against the big teams that our way of playing football, our mentality and our idea to put our front foot forward — it’s got to be there.

"As we get closer and closer to that first game, our message is going to be these are games you enjoy and let’s make sure we’re playing our football and going out on that field with a real strong idea of what it takes to win.”