Bob Bradley believes his appointment as Swansea head coach will help pave the way for more managers from Major League Soccer to work in the Premier League.
Former USA manager Bradley is the first American to manage a Premier League team, after leaving French club Le Havre to replace the sacked Francesco Guidolin.
“We’re still growing as a football country. We’ve made progress,” said Bradley. “When MLS grows, some big names start to play there, the attention gets bigger rather than just every four years, but we’re still growing.
“I’m one of the older coaches and you have to work and get experience to hope to get an opportunity, but there are other coaches who are going in the right direction. [Numbers of] players and coaches, referees, fans, journalists are growing.”
Speaking ahead of his first game in charge, Saturday’s clash at Arsenal, Bradley said: “Getting fitness levels back up is 100% a target.
“There are different styles of managers, everybody finds a way that works for them, but I still believe that football fitness and sharpness comes largely from training.
“The players have been incredibly respectful towards Francesco, but I think you would also find that they felt that kind of training had gone away a little bit.
“So, when I talk about the good response I’ve had so far, I think the way I have always done training and the different ideas I have, fits with how they think it needs to be done.
“I have not sat down with them to hear how Brendan Rodgers or Roberto Martinez, or Michael Laudrup did it, but I’m sure there will be similarities. My sense is that the sharpness, the extra bit of fitness and quickness – some of them felt that dropped a little bit.
“We are trying hard to re-establish training that is going to bring that back to a really good level.”