Reading Football Club has announced the departure of their manager, Jaap Stam, which means Nigerian forward Sone Aluko will now receive instructions from a new coach. Stam, who steered the club to the English Championship play-offs last season, joined Reading in 2016 after serving as an assistant manager at Ajax Amsterdam. Under Stam’s guidance, Aluko was signed for a reported fee of £7.5m from Fulham at the start of this season. Despite featuring in 36 English Championship games and providing five assists, Aluko has only managed to score once.
In an official statement released on their website, Reading Football Club stated, “Jaap Stam has left his position as manager of the club with immediate effect.” The majority shareholders, Mr. Yongge Dai and Ms. Xiu Li Dai, expressed their desire to give Stam every opportunity to turn around the team’s challenging Championship campaign. However, after careful consideration, it was decided that a change was necessary.
The club conveyed their gratitude to Stam for his unwavering dedication and effort in trying to guide the team out of their current predicament. They acknowledged his achievements during a memorable first season in club management and wished him the best of luck in his future endeavors. Reading Football Club will now shift their focus towards identifying and recruiting the right person to lead the team forward.
Stam’s departure comes after a series of disappointing results, with Reading recording only one victory in their last 19 league games. This season, they have accumulated eight wins, 18 losses, and 12 draws. Their next match is scheduled against Queens Park Rangers on Friday, March 30 at the Madejski Stadium.
As Reading search for a new coach, all eyes will be on the club to see who will be entrusted with the task of reviving their fortunes. With Aluko eager to make a greater impact on the pitch, the appointment of a new manager could potentially provide the spark needed to propel Reading to success in the English Championship.