Reading have finally announced the appointment of their new manager Jaap Stam on their club website.
Stam is best known for being a tough defender for some of the best teams in world football such as Manchester United, AC Milan and Ajax. However most recently he has gotten into coaching and was most recently the assistant manager to Andries Uldernik at Jong Ajax, Ajax’s reserve team.
And while Stam doesn’t have much experience either as a manager, with his only stint leading the dugout being as interim manager of FC Zwolle back in 2009, or in English football with his only time being backroom staff in this country was when he was a scout for Manchester United following his retirement as a player, the Reading board obviously believe is the right choice to lead them into the upcoming season.
The Royals disappointed again last season and went through two managers after sacking both Steve Clarke and Brian McDermott after both failed to launch a promotion bid.
Tiger, a shareholder at Reading, said after the appointment: “We are all extremely excited to have Jaap Stam as the new manager of Reading,”
“Lady Sasima, Narin and I have spoken to Jaap about his hopes and ambitions for Reading and it is clear to see he is a man with a real passion for football and a lot of energy and enthusiasm ready to put into his new role as a Royal.”
“He and his coaching team arrive from Ajax, a club globally renowned for developing young players into first team stars, and from this moment onwards we will sit down together and help to put his plans into action to build a strong squad capable of rising to the challenge of the Championship in 2016/17.”
“He has achieved the very highest honours as a player and has already won a title in his coaching career, so now he can begin what we believe will be a very successful journey in management at Madejski Stadium.”