Bob Bradley's work at Stabaek has other clubs in Northern Europe taking notice. One of those clubs is IFK Göteborg, who was interested in hiring him.
Göteborg is one of Sweden's most successful clubs, and are in need of a manager after firing their former boss for a second place finish last season. They contacted Bradley about the opening, but the American declined the job after speaking with Göteborg and learning that they would have an issue with him hiring one of his assistants at Stabaek.
"We had discussions about the job," Bradley said to Aftonbladet. "I felt strongly enough to take with me Tomasz Kaczmarek into the (Göteborg) coaching staff but it was explained to me that it was not possible."
With Kaczmarek unable to join him at Göteborg, Bradley has ruled out a move to the club, saying "the door is closed."
Bradley faced a tall task at Stabaek last season, his first year with the club, but he got the newly promoted club to an impressive ninth place finish. He also led them to the Norwegian Cup semifinals, drawing the praise of his players, the club, fans and pundits. His season, by all accounts, was an unqualified success.
Last season was Bradley's first in Europe, and he already has interest from bigger clubs. If he can continue to impress, one would think that more offers would come, which would be wonderful for him and the reputation of American managers in Europe.