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Ex-Reading boss emerges as surprise candidate for overseas vacancy

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Jaap Stam is in the running to take the vacant FC Cincinnati job.

The Dutchman is a household name amongst football fans. He represented the likes of PSV, Manchester United, Lazio, AC Milan and Ajax in a fine footballing career, reaching both the semi-finals of a World Cup and a Euros with the Netherlands.

His management career started in 2014 when he became the head coach of Jong Ajax. After relative success there, he was named Reading manager in 2018.

In almost two years with Reading, Stam oversaw 98 games, winning 40 of them. He took his side to the play-off finals in his first season at the helm, but left during his second after a a run of one win in 18 league fixtures, and Reading facing relegation from the Championship.

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Brief spells in charge of PEC Zwolle and Feyenoord in the Eredivisie have followed, both proving to be unsuccessful. But ESPN have now reported that Stam is in-line for the Cincinnati job.

The MLS side have been without a manager since February, and Stam without a job since leaving Feyenoord in October of last year.

There’s a number of potential candidates, but Stam along with LA Galaxy’s assistant manager Dominic Kinnear look to be the favourites.

The verdict

Stam exceeded expectations with Reading, at least he did in his first season. Things fell apart pretty quickly for him and he’s experienced some tough roles in management since.

The MLS may give Stam the restart he needs, and if he lands the job and performs well, he could yet make a return to English football.


Freelance football journalist based in Sheffield. Postgraduate degree in Sports Journalism, and good experience in digital football writing and match reporting.

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