Jaap Stam is looking to make changes at the Madejski Stadium.
Reading are on the brink of a Dutch revolution, following the sacking of manager Brian McDermott as former Manchester United defender, Jaap Stam is set to be announced as their new manager on Monday.
Dutchman, Stam is set to sign a two-year contract with the option of a further year.
The former Ajax reserve team manager will be assisted by Andries Uldrink and Said Bakkati, who he worked with in his time with his previous employers.
Stam, 43 had spent time as interim coach and assistant manager at FC Zwolle before moving to Ajax, where he had ended his playing career in 2007.
He is not the only Dutchman that has been bought in. In the last few months Brian Tevreden has been brought in as the club’s new sporting director to replace Nick Hammond who left to join West Brom.
Secondly a few weeks ago, Reading made their first summer signing by bringing in centre back Dutchman Danzell Gravenberch from Dutch club FC Dordrecht.
Thirdly in an article by Thai site The Daily News there is a coherent strategy coming in at the club. One of the club’s Thai owners, Sumrith ‘Tiger’ Thanakarnjanasuth said that appointing Stam was a deliberate move. The reason being was because Stam has experience of promoting and developing youth players into Ajax’s first team. Ajax is also well know for having one of the best academies in the world, so it makes no surprise that the Royals’ backroom staff is increasingly being made up of those who are willing to blood youth in the first team.
The immediate future at Reading
This means that Japp Stam could be bringing in a Dutch revolution at Reading, when appointed he could use his contacts at Ajax to bring new players in. This will represent a stark contrast from the club’s previous era and whether this will be good in the long-term remains to be seen.
If the club’s owners get this managerial appointment and strategy wrong, then Reading will be in serious trouble next season.