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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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Discussion On This Story:

 paultheroyal

» 27 May 2016 07:37

Our new DOF links....

Dutch connection....

Twitter meltdown....

Is Stam coming in to help out or takeover?

 paultheroyal

» 27 May 2016 07:41

And they say there is no money at the club but if any truth in this... Sacking McDermott or moving him upstairs and replacing with Ajax number 2 won't be cheap

 Armadillo Roadkill

» 27 May 2016 08:12

The board either need to back Brian and end any such speculation, or they need to keep total silence until an appointment is made. Such rumours are corrosive.

If Brian is to be sacked and replaced, which I do not favour, it should be for a proven manager with a track record, not someone like Staam.

 Pepe the Horseman

» 27 May 2016 08:24

Da fcuk? Where's this come from?

 Crux

» 27 May 2016 08:25



The Thais are turning this club into everything I hate about foreign ownership.

Absolute joke.

 royalp-we

» 27 May 2016 08:26

De telegraaf reported he met in London with Reading FC representatives. The question is for what role did they meet to discuss.

 royalp-we

» 27 May 2016 08:28

 George_

» 27 May 2016 08:35

Classic foreign owner going for a big name which will obviously end up failing miserably.

 From Despair To Where?

» 27 May 2016 09:05

If google translate is anything to go by, we've gone from Hello John to Brian Please.

 floyd__streete

» 27 May 2016 09:16

I have heard McDermott is being sacked today. I have also been told that it won't be Stam replacing him, he's already turned it down!

These owners are out of control aren't they :|

 The Cap

» 27 May 2016 09:20

Pepe the Horseman wrote:
Da fcuk? Where's this come from?
+1

Pre-season tour of Slovenia cancelled. Suddenly it's all looking a bit shifty.

 Pepe the Horseman

» 27 May 2016 09:31


I hope you heard wrong. Or god help us all.


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