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Leeds United Have Reading FC's Jaap Stam On Manager Shortlist


Reading v Fulham - Sky Bet Championship Play Off: Second Leg Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images

We appear to have entered some kind of bizarre alternate reality. Fresh from a shock General Election result on Thursday, it's been reported today that Jaap Stam is on a four-man shortlist for the vacancy at Leeds United.

Yes, the same Leeds United whose fans Stam described thusly:

"You can tell something about how they are as human beings to be fair. It's a way of thinking.

"Because if you think that this is boring I think they need to have a look at their own team and how they play."

There is naturally also the small matter of the Dutchman's history with The Biggest Club In The World through his playing spell at Manchester United. In short, even before his arrival in Berkshire, Stam and Leeds United weren't exactly the best of friends.

Erm... what?

According to the Yorkshire Evening Post's Phil Hay, Leeds' new owner Andrea Radrizzani has been impressed by Stam's performance at Reading this season. Despite the history mentioned above, the Italian still seems interested in pinching the Royals' manager.

The YEP article doesn't mention who the other three names are on the shortlist but, considering the strange times in which we live, my money's on Sir Alex Ferguson, Theresa May and Paul Nuttall.

United's previous boss Garry Monk agreed a deal with recently-relegated Middlesbrough on Friday, having resigned his previous role on May 25.

I can't imagine Jaap Stam will be the man to replace him.

The Elland Road managerial merry-go-round keeps spinning.