Swansea's incoming manager Bob Bradley insists he would have liked to have seen out the season with Le Havre but felt unable to turn down a belated chance to work in the Premier League.
The former United States coach had long been tipped to become the first American to manage in England’s top flight before finally, at the age of 58, being appointed to succeed Francesco Guidolin on Monday.
“In a perfect world, I would finish this season, go right to the end just like last year. But in football, you don’t control timing,” he said.
“At this moment, the opportunity to go to the Premier League is special on many levels. I’m sorry to leave, especially at this moment, but it’s still an opportunity for me, my family and American football that’s important.”
Bradley, who has also coached Egypt, Norwegian club Stabaek and several Major League Soccer sides, took charge at Le Havre in 2015 and fell just one goal short of leading them into France’s top division last term.
He is believed to have been preferred over former Wales and Manchester United hero Ryan Giggs by Swansea, who were taken over during the summer by Americans Steve Kaplan and Jason Levien.
Guidolin was sacked despite keeping the club in the Premier League last season and having started the new campaign with just four points from seven matches.