Jaap Stam was today confirmed as Reading’s new manager, as the club look to revamp their structure behind the scenes after a miserable spell under the returning Brian McDermott.
While the former Manchester United defender is barely the most experienced option the Royals could have gone for, he is undoubtedly a big name in the game and a change in structure could be exactly what is needed in Berkshire.
Working closely with technical director Brian Tevreden, the 43-year old may follow in the footsteps of a certain Aitor Karanka, who of course recently led Middlesbrough to promotion.
I don't even know what to make of Stam. Is he coaching at the training ground? Does he make the signings? #readingfc
— Ash Turner (@ashturner1989) June 13, 2016
Still, this is of course a gamble.
Jaap bloody Stam as new Reading manager.. Never thought I'd say that. Excited but must be given sufficient funds by the owners. #readingfc
— Sam Rourke (@samrourke_) June 13, 2016
Make no mistake about it, this is a landmark day at the Madejski Stadium.
The 43-year old has become the club’s first ever non-British manager, with the club’s Thai owners clearly looking for a bottom-up change of the club’s fortune.
But Jaap better be backed by club all season, regardless of results. If he gets sacked in November then all this was pointless #ReadingFC
— Russell L. Parker (@RussellLParker) June 13, 2016
So, on a huge day for Reading Football Club, here’s how Twitter saw it.
Will Stam last the season at Reading? Can he start a revolution at the club?
— FootballLeagueWorld (@FLeagueWorld) June 13, 2016