Former Manchester United defender and Reading FC manager takes over at Dutch amateur side

Dutch amateur side DOS Kampen have announced that former Manchester United defender Jaap Stam will be their new head coach. It is a return for Staam to the club where he began his career, where he will combine being the clubs head coach with his current work as an analyst on ViaPlay and other television channels. He has already helped out at his old club, setting up the youth academy and hopes to be part of helping young players develop.

Staam, who won the 1999 Champions League and played for the likes of Manchester United, PSV Eindhoven, Lazio, Milan and Ajax went into management after he retired from football. He initially worked as a caretaker coach for PEC Zwolle before joining the Ajax set-up. He spent a few years managing the Jong Ajax squads before taking over at Reading in 2016. In his first season at the club he came within a penalty shoot-out of gaining promotion to the Premier League. However, he struggled in the second season and was sacked after a poor run of form.

Since leaving Reading, he has also managed at Feyenoord and FC Cincinnati before moving into television work.

GBeNeFN | Ben Jackson

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