Posted by Leander Schaerlaeckens
JOHANNESBURG -- In our time, success is not measured in affluence, memberships or titles. It's measured in Facebook friends and pages.
Case in point: the Fire Bob Bradley Facebook page.
Once a burgeoning titan of the web, with membership reaching almost 2,000, its shelf life appears to have expired, as the once-vaunted coach led the U.S. out of the group stage, the very thing the page said he couldn't do.
The page's description entry:
If you've had enough of his incompetence, join this group. Does anyone seriously think there's ANY chance we get out of the group stage in the next World Cup if this clown is still running things?? Fire Sunil Gulati too, but let's start with Bradley.
The attentive reader will note the "clown" did indeed get out of the group stage at this, the next World Cup.
Membership was already at 1,740 and falling.
"I'm leaving the group," wrote Gabriel Thomas on the page's wall. "hes a f------ great coach."
"This is my last action as a member of this group," e-scrawled Richard Otten. "I still wish we had hired [Ruud] Gullit or somebody else last year, but I now accept Bob Bradley as the coach for as long as he will fill the role."
Of course, some have yet to be convinced and marginalize the impact of the accomplishment.
But what about the group's founder? Apparently, he's trying to delete the page entirely.
"OK so I can't figure out how to delete the group, but obviously I'm out," Alex Fowler wrote. And the picture on his profile is now of a Bradley. Not Bob, but of Bob's son Michael.
For a coach who has fought an uphill battle for the public's support after the U.S. Soccer Federation made a big deal about hiring a foreigner but ended up giving him the job instead, that's a start.