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    Reading appoint ex-Manchester United star Jaap Stam as manager


    Ex-Manchester United and Netherlands defender Jaap Stam as been appointed as Readings new manager.

    Capped 67 times by his country, the 43-year-old, takes charge of the Royals after the club departed company with Brain McDermott just six months after taking charge of his second spell at the club.

    The former Ajax coach, Stam had been a front runner to succeed McDermott.

    "Reading are very ambitious like I am and want to get back to the Premier League, hopefully we can have a good partnership and get there." he said.

    Stam, who was part of United's treble-winning side of 1998-99 during his three year stint at Old Trafford, joins the Championship side on a two-year contract.

    Stam, who was part of United's 1998-99 treble-winning side during his three years at Old Trafford, joins the Championship club on a two-year contract.

    "Everyone knows that teams in the Championship are very competitive, it's not going to be easy, but we'll work very hard." he added.

    Whilst First-team coaches Steven Reid and Dave Beasant both remain in their positions at the club.

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