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Bob Bradley extends stay as US coach to end Villa talk

Bob Bradley
Bradley's stock rose after his team's performance at the World Cup

Bob Bradley has signed a new four-year extension to his contract as United States coach, ending speculation linking him with the Aston Villa job.

The 52-year-old told BBC Sport last week that he would be "honoured" to talk to Villa owner Randy Lerner about succeeding Martin O'Neill as manager.

However, Bradley, who took the US to round two of the 2010 World Cup, will now stay beyond the 2014 finals.

"Bob is honoured to be the US coach. He is very happy," said Bradley's agent.

Bradley, who replaced Bruce Arena as coach after the 2006 World Cup has won 38, lost 20 and drawn eight of his 66 games in charge.

At this year's finals in South Africa, he led his side to draws with England and Slovenia before beating Algeria 1-0 to top Group C and reach the knockout stages where they were beaten 2-1 by Ghana.

A statement on ussoccer.com confirmed: "The agreement with Bradley, who guided the US team to numerous achievements including finishing in first place in their group at the 2010 Fifa World Cup for the first time in 80 years, will keep him at the helm through the end of 2014."

Bradley's contract with the national team had been due to run until the end of the year but after his team impressed at the World Cup he was mentioned as a serious contender for the vacant Villa post.

O'Neill quit as Villa manager earlier in August and reserve team manager Kevin MacDonald was put in charge on a temporary basis.

Former England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson and ex-Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier are also in the frame, while former Villa captain Gareth Southgate has also been linked to the job.



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see also
Villa vacancy interests US coach
22 Aug 10 |  Aston Villa
Villa to seek experienced manager
29 Aug 10 |  Aston Villa
O'Neill quits as Aston Villa boss
09 Aug 10 |  Aston Villa
O'Neill resigned to losing Milner
06 Aug 10 |  Premier League
Bradley proud despite elimination
26 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
Bradley delighted to hold England
13 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010


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