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Championship club Reading appoint Jaap Stam as new manager

• Former Manchester United defender handed first senior manager’s job
• Stam agrees initial two-year contract at Madejski Stadium

Reading have appointed the former Manchester United and PSV Eindhoven defender Jaap Stam as the club’s new manager. The 43-year-old has agreed an initial two-year contract at the Madejski Stadium. The Championship club sacked Brian McDermott at the end of the season following a disappointing campaign, in which they finished 17th.

The job will be Stam’s first in charge of a senior team, after spells as assistant and reserve-team manager at Ajax over the last three years. The Dutchman also becomes Reading’s first non-British manager.

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