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Reading Sack Manager Jaap Stam With Club 20th in Championship

Reading have sacked manager Jaap Stam after a run of just one win in 19 league games. Former Manchester United and Netherlands defender Stam, 45, led the club to the Championship play-off final in his first season at the club. But poor results this term have seen Reading slip to 20th, and are within three points of the relegation zone. Saturday's 3-2 defeat by Norwich City left the Royals without a win in their past nine Championship matches. Stam did not appear for post-match interviews after that defeat at Carrow Road, instead sending out his assistant manager Andries Ulderink.

 

In a statement from majority shareholders Mr Yongge Dai and Ms Xiu Li Dai, the club said it had "wanted to give Stam every opportunity to turn around what has been a difficult and challenging Championship campaign". "After careful consideration, the decision has been made that a change is now necessary. We will now focus on identifying and recruiting the right person to take the club forward," it added.

 

Reading gave Stam his first coaching role in English football, the Dutchman having previously been an assistant manager at Ajax. He signed a new contract running until the end of the 2018-19 season in July after being linked with potential vacancies in the Premier League. But his departure eight months later leaves the Royals seeking their fifth managerial appointment since Brian McDermott's first spell at the club ended in March 2013.

 

Reading's next match is on Friday, 30 March against QPR at the Madejski Stadium.

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