This is a special episode. My guest is former USMNT head coach Bob Bradley.
A friend of mine, Liviu Bird, helped me connect with Bob. After a few weeks of short messages and trying to lock down a time, Bob and I finally linked up on Skype and spent about an hour discussing some of the major events that have happened during his coaching career.
It was mid-morning here in California where I’m from. It was early evening in France where Bob had just returned home from a training session.
The interview starts off kind of awkwardly. I usually conduct a short pre-interview with all of my guests before we officially start recording. I always ask a few warm-up questions to check the audio levels, get a feel for what kind of mood they are in, and I always ask if there are any topics that are off limits.
But as you’ll hear, Bob jumps right into the thick of things with detailed answers. So we never really did a pre-interview. And instead of slowing him down, I just let it go. And Bob just kept flowing.
Before I knew it, we were talking about the violence and protests happening in Egypt during his time as head coach of their national team. We were knee deep into what it was like to be eliminated by Ghana as the coach of two different nations in two major international tournaments. The conversation eventually cycled back to square one when I asked Bob if he had always been a leader and we talked a bit about his formative years. And towards the end of our chat he gives some great advice for all aspiring coaches.
This is a special episode. I never thought I’d get the chance to interview someone like Bob. And the goal is to keep building and growing this podcast. I appreciate each and every one of you for listening and sharing.