Very surprisingly Reading boss Jaap Stam has today been revealed as one of four head-coaches being considered by new Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani. The Yorkshire Evening Post have exclusively published an article stating that Stam is on Leeds’ radar.
Why is this a surprise? Leeds don’t normally go for head-coaches who will cost money or are in work, they go for people out of the game at the time. Jaap Stam isn’t a fan of Leeds United and it’s fans. Stam slated Leeds fans after we branded his side “boring boring Reading” in their 2-0 defeat in a midweek game in the first half of last season. He called us bad human beings and then went on to say we were negative and didn’t have a plan b. Stam led his side to third in the Championship and was two penalties away from the Premier League before two of his defenders fluffed their lines and Huddersfield went up.
Radrizzani has made a big statement in terms of even looking at Stam, as a journalist said on Twitter earlier it shows Leeds as throwing their weight around in going for a head-coach of a club who finished above us and would cost money. Stam certainly isn’t liked by Leeds fans and the ex-Manchester United man would raise eyebrows by speaking to the club. What Stam did with Reading was very impressive though, that is hard to argue with. Whether Leeds pursue this or Stam signs the new deal offered by Reading we don’t know, but finally we have a name that isn’t just a link.