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Jaap Stam Approval Rating: May/June 2017

How do you rate Reading's manager on his Stam-iversary?

Huddersfield Town v Reading - Sky Bet Championship Play Off Final Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Positives

Reading have won three of the five matches they've played in since we last asked you to vote on Jaap Stam's management of the team. They sealed a spot in the play-offs with a 1-0 home win over Wigan Athletic, before finishing the season by running out 4-2 winners at Burton Albion.

Indeed, that was the Royal's highest-scoring victory under Stam - the first occasion on which they've scored more than three goals in a single competitive match since Brian McDermott was in charge.

Stam would then expertly guide his team through the play-off semi finals themselves, grinding out a gritty 1-1 draw at Craven Cottage. It was an admirable show of rear-guard defensive solidity after Jordan Obita opened the scoring in the first half.

That was followed by one of the best nights we've seen at the Madejski Stadium in recent years: Yann Kermorgant's penalty being enough to see off the Cottagers in the second leg.

Ultimately, this period in his Reading tenure saw Stam's Royals not only seal third place in the league, but also reach a Wembley play-off final for the first time since 2011.

Negatives

Well, we did get to that play-off final, but we didn't win it. Reading looked below their best on the day, and were arguably fortunate not to lose in normal time. We'll never know why the team's last two spot-kicks were taken by Liam Moore and Jordan Obita of all people, but cynics could reasonably say that the deciding penalties shouldn't have gone to defenders.

Back at the start of this period, the 1-0 win over Wigan was lacklustre to say the least. A narrow, cagey victory over a soon-to-be relegated Latics side was disappointing - although we've seen similar in matches such as Rotherham United's visit to the Madejski Stadium.

Neutral

It wouldn't really be fair to put this under either positive or negative, but Stam's uncertain future at Reading does need to be noted. After a fantastic debut season with the Royals, the Dutchman is in-demand from clubs across Europe, with the likes of Ajax and, erm, Leeds United rumoured to be interested.

Although his agent has declared Stam's loyalty to Reading, he's yet to sign a new deal. That said, he could be holding back until he knows more about the club's new owners - Dai Yongge and Dai Xiu Li.

So let us know how you feel about Jaap’s management in the poll and/or the comments, with 5 being the best and 1 being the worst. Here's the approval results over the years:

Poll

How happy are you with Jaap Stam as Reading manager? (5 is highest, 1 is lowest)

This poll is closed

  • 61%
    5
    (113 votes)
  • 37%
    4
    (69 votes)
  • 0%
    3
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    2
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    1
    (1 vote)
184 votes total Vote Now