Jaap Stam: ‘The player who talks in the dressing room may not always become a good manager’

The Dutchman never planned to go into management but at Reading he will use what he learned from Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United for his own vision

As Jaap Stam strolls into a bland portable building at Reading’s training ground, the memories start flooding back. The 6ft 3in Dutchman was part of the Manchester United furniture: an unforgiving, aggressive and old-fashioned central defender. Those days, during which Stam won the Champions League, Premier League and FA Cup Treble in his debut season after arriving from PSV Eindhoven in 1998, are never too far away at his new place of work either.

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