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Dutch Media Link Jaap Stam To Swansea City Job

But there's no need to panic just yet...

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With Reading being third in the Championship and Jaap Stam doing far better than expected in his first managerial role, the inevitable rumours have begun about the 44 year old being taken by a more prestigious club.

Swansea City, who sit 19th in the Premier League, after looking for their third boss of the season having sacked Bob Bradley following a 4-1 home defeat to West Ham on Boxing Day. Reports in Holland suggest that Jaap Stam is a front runner for the vacancy.

De Telegraaf are reporting that:

Jaap Stam is an important candidate for Bob Bradley to follow as manager of Swansea City.

Of course, we all know what kind of effect this can have on a season, after seeing Steve Clarke being linked with the Fulham job and then going to talk to the West London club just over a year ago. Despite not taking the job at Craven Cottage, Reading went on a downhill slide and Clarke was sacked just a few weeks later.

But at present, there seems little reason to be worried about the prospect of Stam moving to South Wales. De Telegraaf's claim is not echoed by the media and bookies in England, with Alan Pardew, Chris Coleman and Ryan Giggs the main names in the frame according to reports.

Meanwhile, many betting companies aren't even offering odds on Stam taking over at the Liberty Stadium, but his odds are as high as 10/1 with William Hill (via OddsChecker).

It is certainly one to keep an eye on, but for me it seems incredibly unlikely that he would make the switch, whilst Swansea certainly aren't short of other options.