Bradley extends USA contract
Bob Bradley is almost certainly out of the running for the Aston Villa job after signing an extension to his contract as national team coach of the United States.
The 52-year-old has agreed a new deal with the US Soccer Federation which runs until the end of 2014 after reports circulated that Villa's American owner Randy Lerner could be prepared to offer him the chance to manage in the Barclays Premier League.
"US Soccer has agreed to a contract extension with US men's national team head coach Bob Bradley," read a statement on ussoccer.com.
"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 men were knocked out of the World Cup at the last 16 stage by Ghana.
He led the team to the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup and to the final of the 2009 Confederations Cup in South Africa, where the team lost to Brazil.
Just over a week ago Bradley told BBC Radio Five Live: "I'd be honoured to have a conversation with Randy Lerner. I've had no contact with him. There have been talks with my representatives to find out the situation."
Villa have been without a permanent manager since Martin O'Neill resigned from the post earlier this month.
Kevin MacDonald has been working with the first team since the Northern Irishman's departure in a caretaker capacity.
Bradley became an outsider for the Villa job when the club's chief executive Paul Faulkner issued a statement on Sunday describing previous Premier League managerial experience as one of the key criteria in the recruitment process, something which the American does not have.