It would seem that Reading's search for a new manager is at an end. According to the Daily Mail, Jaap Stam is set to be appointed as the successor to Brian McDermott. The Mail says that the Dutchman has agreed a two year deal with the club, with the possibility of a third.
Anyone that's been following the manager search, at least via social media, shouldn't be surprised by this news. Indeed, even before Brian McDermott was sacked, there was speculation that Stam was in talks with the club. The ex-Manchester United defender was immediately the bookies' favourite to take over, with that expectation carrying on ever since.
As far as managerial experience goes, Stam doesn't have any; should this move go through, this would be his first proper managerial position. Nonetheless, these quotes from the man himself (via GetReading) show that he's eager to get going.
"I do not think you have to start as a trainer necessarily in the Netherlands," said the former United centre-back.
"Why could you not start abroad? That may not immediately be in the Premier League, it could be in the Championship or League One.
"There are big clubs in between, where you can really start building something. I have already discussed this at home and the family wants it - if it comes to that.
"It’s not that I do not want to work in the Netherlands but going abroad is my preference."
"Ajax wanted me to stay at the club but they know my ambition.
"I want to develop myself and go to a team in England, I was at Ajax for two years and it was great fun and beautiful. But I’m ready now to manage a first team."
As ever, stay tuned to The Tilehurst End for more reaction should the appointment be officially ratified.