New Reading boss, Jaap Stam sets targets


Newly appointed Reading FC Manager, Jaap Stam has given insights to what he intends to achieve with the Championship side in the incoming season.

The ex-Manchester United defender who was on Monday unveiled as the new boss said he is very ambitious and hopes to do great things with The Royals.

“I’m very ambitious and so is the club.  Eventually I would like to get back into the Premier League.  It’s not going to be easy… it will be very hard because of the quality of the other teams.  We are going to do our best and we will work very hard, both my staff and the players as well,” Stam said during his maiden press conference

He added: “It’s hard to say what you want to achieve in two years; of course I want to get to the Premier League eventually and we want to do it as fast as we can.  But sometimes you need your time to get your way of playing and get the confidence in the team and the players you want.

Already, Stam has welcomed two new members to the Royals coaching staff in the form of Andries Ulderink and Said Bakkati.

46-year-old Ulderink has a wealth of experience as a coach and manager in the Netherlands, while Bakkati, 34, worked with Stam during the last 12 months after retiring from his playing career.

The Dutch trio worked together at Ajax, and the new boss is looking forward to getting to grips with his new role in their company – along with current coaches Steven Reid and Dave Beasant.