Jaap Stam is getting his excuses in early.
The Reading Manager talking about the disparity of resources between Reading and Newcastle.
Stam declaring that ‘Rafa Benitez has about 50 players’ and that this is what you get ‘if you are working at a big club with the funds to make a good team’.
Obvious there is an element of truth in what the Reading boss says but it is a fact of life in every single division, some clubs will have financial advantages over others, especially with the Premier League parachute payments growing ever larger and more front-loaded – with now the highest amount in the first season after relegation then reducing afterwards.
It’s one thing thinking something but quite another when whingeing in public before a game.
Aston Villa are proving very clearly that spending money isn’t the only answer, whilst Reading themselves are one of the clubs who clearly wasted their parachute payment money in these seasons after relegation in 2013.
I would put a fair bet that whatever the result, the Reading boss will be mentioning this after the game as well. As an excuse for defeat, or to give extra glitter to any positive result.
Ironic as well that Jaap Stam played for Manchester United and I don’t recall him ever remarking before a game against the likes of Reading, how it was all a bit unfair that his club had so many more resources and players.
Anyway, Jaap Stam hasn’t got it quite right, it isn’t 50 players, more like 49…
“It is going to be a hard game.
“Newcastle have got a lot of quality within their squad.
“Rafa Benitez has about 50 players but that’s what happens if you are working at a big club with the funds to make a good team.
“We are going to work very hard to get a result, as we want to work hard for the fans and to stay up towards the top of the table.
“I’m not happy with how we played (in 2-1 win over Wolves on Saturday) but you can’t have it all.
“We sneed to learn and need to improve a lot – even for us to end up in the top six it is going to be very hard.
“If at a certain stage of the season you are in the top six, everyone is thinking you’ve done well the, you’ve been third in the league for a long time and it would be a shame not to end up in the top six.
“We’re all aware of that, people around the club were even talking about automatic promotion…
“But that is not going to happen.”