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Former Man United player Jaap Stam has been named head of the MLS FC Cincinnati club. Stam agreed to sign a contract at the club until 2021. The former Dutch midfielder has since retired to coach Reading FC, PEC Zwolle and Feyenoord.
Stam replaces Ron Jans, who is also from Holland. However, Jans resigned as coach after a investigation into an alleged use of racial injury. Stam is looking forward to the role and he said the club's official website, "For me, having the opportunity to work in America and work in MLS for a club like FC Cincinnati, is a dream." He continued: "I always liked the country and I always liked the mentality of people in the United States and what they are trying to achieve". Stam said it is a big challenge for him to do well at the club, I think they have already done a great job ”. "Getting results and working together with the fans and everyone who already works at the club, for me is a great challenge to do well".
Gerard Nijkamp, general manager of the club, also talked a lot about Stam, 47. He said: "He has extensive experience in being part of some of the most successful clubs in the world as a player and has also proven that he can guide teams in transition periods as a coach." "I have full confidence that he will succeed at FC Cincinnati and will be a great option to follow our established game philosophy and guide the club towards future successes."
Club president Jeff Berding said: We are happy to welcome Jaap to Cincinnati and hope that he will guide us as we begin a new chapter in the club's history. "
Stam signed an agreement to keep it at the club until December 31, 2021. However, there is the option to extend it for another year. Stam's assistant will be Said Bakkati. He worked with Stam in Jong Ajax, Reading, Zwolle and Feyenoord. He also played professional football for 15 years. Playing mainly in the Dutch Eredivisie for Heerenveen, Go Ahead Eagles, Zwolle, Emmen and Den Haag.