Jaap Stam says Reading have played the Dutch way to reach play-off final

• Reading manager close to Premier League in first season at the club
• ‘You need to work hard and believe in yourself,’ says Stam

Jaap Stam says his reputation would have been tarnished had he struggled in his first season at Reading but insists being appointed the club’s manager last summer was a risk for both parties. Stam has steered Reading to Monday’s Championship play-off final against Huddersfield, beyond all expectations, and believes his team have benefited from his decision to play the Dutch way.

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