In an interview with Sky Sports, Reading manager Jaap Stam has revealed that his side is not in a position to challenge for promotion this season.
Last season Stam led Reading to the play-off final where they were beaten on penalties against Huddersfield after the game finished 0-0 after extra-time.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the former Manchester United defender said:
“Last season we did very well.
“Everyone knows it’s very hard to do well two seasons in a row or to stay up there.
“We’re very happy with the owners and what they have done this season, they’re willing to invest, to bring new players in.”
Reading are currently in 11th place in the Championship after the opening five games have seen them win two, draw one, and lose two.
Stam’s side returns to action, following the conclusion of the international break, this weekend against Bristol City at the Madejski.
This is a classic move from Stam whether he truly believes in what he is saying or not.
Putting a framework down now to say your club won’t be in contention for promotion leaves no room for fans to be disappointed if they don’t achieve that this season.
Similar, in a way, to Claudio Ranieri when Leicester won the Premier League. He kept saying he just wanted 40 points etc.
If Stam came out now and said Reading were going to get promoted then he puts a huge target on his back and would fill his team with false hope.
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