This is what upsets me about my neighbours to the south on occasion (outside of the right-wing blogosphere like antics of some over at BS); their advocacy on behalf of professional clubs with their own unique history and own unique supporters to forward the standing of their countrymen and women in the world. To say something completely outrageous, they way some are talking about crowing in Bradley at Villa strikes me as what the French might call l'impérialisme culturel.
EPL Talk this morning provides a pretty good example. The Gaffer writes:
The question of whether Bob Bradley is ready for a Premier League management position is an intriguing one. If he was ever given the chance, Aston Villa would be the ideal opportunity. The team already has a few American players (Brad Friedel, Brad Guzan and Eric Lichaj). Plus, the club is owned by Lerner, an American. So if Bradley stepped into the position, the anti-Americanism that was felt at Old Trafford and Anfield, would not be a factor.So, in the polyglot Premier League, like-foreign players would work better under a manager and owner from their own nation? This makes no sense, and there are no solid examples to back this claim. Roman Abramovich sure as hell wasn't going to pack his club with Russian players and a Russian manager because titles are won when everyone's singing the old Soviet anthem over a nice bottle of Stolichnaya in the change-room. The great equalizer is professional football is measured in pounds, not in passports.
But for some reason, when it comes to Americans, everybody assumes like works best with like. That's why the English bookies went haywire over Bradley when MON departed. It's a sort of covert anti-Americanism. "Oy," says the drunk punter at the pub. "They should get in that USA manager bloke, Bobby Bradley, for Villa. Lerner and 'im, they'd be peas in a pod talking about hamburgers and the Kardashian sisters, innit? And they've got a Yank keeper too." It's stupid and insulting to Randy Lerner and Bradley and to Americans at large to insinuate they work better "with their own kind." And the so-called anti-Americanism at Old Trafford and Anfield came because the people that own Manchester United and Liverpool are a bunch of incompetent shysters. The fact they were American just allowed everyone to use the word "Yanks," which both Brits and Canadians love to use for some reason.
I understand, America; you just want to prove to the English that Americans can manage European professional clubs. Fine. But don't feign having the best interests of Aston Villa—a club I and others have long supported before you in your Man U and Liverpool jerseys got round to remembering it existed—at heart. You didn't see me burning a Deportivo La Coruna shirt when they didn't want Julian de Guzman anymore. I don't give a shit when people ignore Canadian soccer because we haven't exactly helped our own cause. Pushing Bradley onto Villa—it's embarrassing. Just keep your heads down, keep working at it, and it will happen. In its own good time.
EDIT: As per a valued commenter below, I should clarify that obviously not ALL American soccer people, USMNT boosters or no, are guilty of Bradley pushing. Any and all use of massive sweeping generalizations on this blog tend to be rhetorical in nature...