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Bradley hints at bringing Egyptian players to Stabæk
Bob Bradley, who was officially unveiled as the manager of newly-promoted Tippeligaen club Stabæk at Nadderud Stadion on Friday, revealed he’s already held talks with the club’s sport director about the potential of bringing in talent to Norway from America and Egypt.
As the former head coach of the USA and Egypt national team, Bradley says that ‘creativity’ will be needed in the transfer window and adding experienced players could be crucial to the club’s survival, before he hinted about adding some familiar faces from the countries he’s managed.
However, Bradley explained that his scouting will continue in the coming days and the club will “explore every avenue” ahead of the new season.
“The group [of players] here is very young, but are highly regarded in Norway,” Bradley told MLSsoccer.com.
“To stay up, it may require adding some players with experience, but we are expecting to build a team that can compete in the league. Stabæk is a team that tries to play in a positive way, put passes together – and that falls in line with how I want to play.
“When you’re in a situation where the budget is not going to be the same as others in your league, a bit of creativity is required as you look around for the right players,” he said. “In the discussions I’ve had with sport director Inge André Olsen, we have talked a lot about opportunities in the US and opportunities in Egypt.
“But that is a starting point. To build that team that can compete, we will dig into that in the coming days and explore every avenue.”
Bob Bradley’s Stabæk will open the new Tippeligaen season on March 30 against Sogndal.