Defeat for Bob Bradley in his first game in charge of Swansea. Lots of encouraging signs though....but an appalling jumper.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) October 15, 2016
There followed an appearance at a meeting of the Swansea Disabled Supporters Association that put him in front of members of the club's Supporters' Trust.
Bradley has two not-unrelated jobs at the moment: to get Swansea winning again and to win over that portion of the fan base that is skeptical about the hiring of an American manager by American ownership. The circumstances of his appointment - made without consulting the Supporters' Trust - have been added to the misgivings the Trust has expressed about the club's new owners. A few wins to lift the team away from the bottom end of the table would likely help settle concerns about the club, its off-field leadership, and its manager.
The first American head coach of the MetroStars is handling the attention and responsibility of being the (first America) coach of a Premier League club. He addressed several of the events of the week in his pre-match press conference, ahead of this weekend's game against Watford - his home debut as Swansea's manager.
The first step for any struggling team is to get its home form in order. The Swans will want a win against mid-table Watford, but will mindful of the fact the Hornets have started to turn around their own poor start to the season by developing a knack for winning on the road. Watford had won three of its last five league games, and two of those were away from home
Swansea has yet to win a competitive home game this season, and has lost its last five matches in all competitions. The sense of crisis at the club is not unfounded, though it is still very early in the campaign and there is ample time to dig out of trouble. But a home win is the tonic the fans and new head coach would both like to gain from this weekend.
Per livesoccertv.com, here's where to find the match:
Swansea City vs Watford
When: 10:00 am, Eastern; Saturday, October 22, 2016
Where: Liberty Stadium, Swansea, UK
Online: NBC Sports Live