|Org||USA National Team|
|Club as Player||Tottenham Hotspur|
2012 09 21 Tweet
[Brad Friedel comments on Fabian Barthez who says Hugo Lloris was a better goal keeper than him] Just saw barthez comments. I normally don’t comment on such c**p but when disrespected by someone I don’t respect I must. Barthez was ignorant, disrespectful and out of order to mention my name
2015 10 24 Retrieve
[Former USA goalkeeper Brad Friedel, after being named the Pac-12’s football Player of the Century] This is a fantastic honor and I am both surprised and humbled to receive this recognition … When you consider that for many years there was no professional US league, most leading US players started their careers at college level. There were some great players who have represented the Pac-12, so I am especially proud
2015 12 05 Retrieve
[Former USA goalkeeper Brad Friedel on the challenges he faced when he first moved from America to England in an interview with Sports Illustrated Kids] The food, for one! The weather, for two! I lived up in the north of England, the northwest in Manchester for a long time. And you don’t see the sun up there. You go through a lot of things. The biggest difference was that I moved to a country where soccer was the number one thing and the be all and end all to a lot of people’s lives. It is an interesting transition time to take all that in, don’t get a big head, don’t get too down when someone says you’re bad. Keep a level head. It takes some time to adapt to that. That’s the biggest change
2017 11 21 Retrieve
[Brad Friedel says Mauricio Pochettino helped me become a coach] He’s one of the very best out there and I have no problem saying that. His attention to detail and what I was able to see and learn from him, was priceless. The best way to describe it is, yes, he knows the tactics that he wants to play, and yes he knows how to implement them in training, but it’s all the extracurriculars around being a head coach that he manages himself, his staff, and all around him so well.
I’m not surprised he’s doing so well, and the players have a bigger value than when he came into the changing room. I expect him to be a very good coach for a very long time
When you go into head coaching you have to be your own guy. You have to learn how to deal with things – like those above you, those around you – and Graeme would deal with those issues head on. He had zero fear. I’m not saying my personality is the exact same, but when I look back on his career, you got to see how he navigated it. I’m going to do things like myself, but it’s interesting to see how all the head coaches dealt with things.
Mark Hughes was the same. They were two totally different types of coach though. Graeme used very few analytics, Mark came in and used analytics a lot. People can debate what is right and wrong, but it’s two very different styles
While I was at the club [Blackburn], it was a wonderfully run football club with the Walker Trust running it. I thought they did an impeccable job with running the club, and putting a really good product on the field. When I left, I can’t really comment on what’s happened, but I’m very sad to see what has happened. Aston Villa, a lot of the same. I thought Randy Lerner and Paul Faulkner were excellent people to deal with. While I was at Aston Villa it was a very well run football club, and I’m very sad to see where they are now because they’re an enormous club and they shouldn’t be in the Championship
I think there’s a large amount of trust between [the general manager] Mike Burns and myself. I don’t see there being any reason why there won’t be a great amount of trust between [the owners] Robert and Jonathan Kraft and myself. That is a huge part of the reason why I came here.
In saying that, I’m under no illusion that if my staff and myself don’t do our job the owners will act accordingly. The fact Mike and I were friends was irrelevant in the hiring, but his honesty and integrity was a huge factor, and I’m sure he’d say the same about myself
I’m not the type of guy that’s going to talk about x’s and o’s right now. It’ll be there for people to see. The team will be 100% committed to how we want to play, and our staff will be 100% committed to that, and I will be 100% committed to the club
2019 08 30 Retrieve
[Former goalkeeper Friedel says Spurs are ahead of Arsenal overall] These games, especially early in the season, you never know how they’ll pan out. Tottenham have a good group of players who have been with Mauricio (Pochettino) for a long time, and they were unlucky in the game v Newcastle. Arsenal, on the other hand, won their first two and came up against a very talented Liverpool side. I don’t know if you can put a favourite on this match, I think overall Tottenham are a little ahead of Arsenal, but Arsenal have outstanding players and a very good head coach. It’s a tough one to call but I’m obviously going for Tottenham
[He feels the new signings of Tanguy Ndombele, Giovanni Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon will pan out but he still curious about Danish International Christian Eriksen’s future] It’ll be interesting to see what happens with Christian Eriksen. He’s a very good player. As far as who they bought, I would back pretty much anyone that Mauricio (Pochettino) buys because they do a lot of homework on everyone, but not everyone will be a hit every time. He doesn’t get them wrong too often. They would’ve looked at the character traits and ability of the players so I would back his signings. I don’t think lots has to be done with the squad, Harry Kane is one of the best strikers in the world, you have a lot power and pace on the wings and in the centre midfield. You have an excellent goalkeeper and strong back line - I think they’re set up to do very, very well again
2020 02 01 Retrieve
[Brad Friedel says that Gio Reyna’s rise with Borussia Dortmund has been even faster than expected] The emergence has happened so quick for Gio. He was over in the U.S. for NYCFC doing well. I’m sure everyone is familiar with his dad who had a very successful playing career over in England, Germany, and Scotland.
I’ve seen Gio play many times in academy sides for New York as well as the youth national sides. Everyone expected him to leave and play in Europe somewhere, but we didn’t expect to see him emerge in Dortmund’s first team so quickly – it’s great for him, and amazing for football over here in the U.S. as well
2020 02 02 Retrieve
[Brad Friedel says Jose Mourinho must be given time to build a squad in his own image at Tottenham] Mourinho will come good at Tottenham. People are quick to point the finger nowadays and people don’t get lots of time or chances in management. I know that, especially from personal experience! Until last week, there were zero of his own signings. There are players that he likes don’t get me wrong – but not his players. So he’ll need a couple of transfer windows to form his own team.
This January window has not been an easy period to get players in, teams will always pay well over the odds for players that aren’t necessarily their first choices. Jose’s current period was more of an assessment of the squad and the players he has available, and those that are leaving.
Hopefully the new signings can help get a couple of results and get them into the Champions League places. The time to see if his appointment was indeed a success would be after three or four transfer windows if he’s given that time, but head coaches often aren’t given that time in the current climate. I hope it goes well, they are a tremendous club with an incredible stadium, and a fantastic training ground and wonderful people associated with the club. They can turn it around