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Jaap Stam Still Not Confirmed
07 June 2016
By Hob Nob Anyone?
Rumours continue to rumble on that Jaap Stam is set to be named as Reading's next manager after the shock sacking of Brian McDermott. Stam was immediately reported as the likely new manager as reports of McDermott's dismissal filtered through. He has continued to be listed as favourite despite his agent denying he had already had talks with the club. New reports today suggest he is on the verge of completing the signing of a one year contract to take on his first senior managerial position. Stam is reported to have been at the Madejski Stadium this morning to discuss terms.
The contract is reported to be for an initial year with a possible option of extending to a second year. With Reading's recent record with managers he will be doing very well if he survives that initial one year term. Stam, a former assistant manager with Ajax but currently a free agent, has made it public he would enjoy a managers role in England and Reading may be set to give him that chance.
It would of course be a big gamble for both parties. Stam has very limited managerial experience and he would come to a club with much over inflated expectations. If he is successful he will be unlikely to stay around for long. If Reading don't immediately storm to the top of the Championship then the current board will probably get rid without hesitation once again. However, it remains a case of wait and see, and today's reports remain speculation on top of rumours from two weeks ago. The club are yet to make an official announcement either way.
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