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Ex-Watford skipper DeMerit backs Vancouver's pursuit of former USA boss Bradley

Vancouver Whitecaps captain Jay DeMerit is all for the clubs pursuit to bring in Bob Bradley as the new head coach.

The 34-year old defender, who is out of contract, has not yet re-signed for the Whitecaps as he awaits the announcement of a replacement for Martin Rennie but suggests former Chicago Fire, Chivas USA, USA national team and Egypt national team boss Bradley would be ideal.

"We talked early on about what the new coach should bring qualities that maybe Martin Rennie didn't have. You don't get any more experience than Bob has," DeMerit told The Province.

"He's had success in MLS, even with Chivas, which sounds strange when you say it.

"He knows the American market. He knows the players, so that's a check mark. And then you have the international experience. He's got a team to a World Cup, and then almost got Egypt to a World Cup during a state of unrest.

"I'd love just to hear his experiences. Guys can definitely have respect for him in that way, and that goes a long way."

The former Watford skipper added: "You can't keep 30 guys happy but what Bob does a good job of is getting groups together that like each other, and then keeping the group together. They buy into each other as teammates.

"He's able to put together the right personalities."

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