Jaap Stam has now made himself available if Mike Ashley is still interested
An interesting last week or so for Jaap Stam.
Early last week, quotes were released from an interview the former Man Utd player had done with Voetbal International.
In the interview, Jaap Stam said (see below) that he had been approached by Mike Ashley’s Newcastle United, whilst Rafa Benitez was still in the job.
Back in March, Jaap Stam was with Dutch club FC Zwolle and he said that whilst he was flattered to be approached, he had to turn Newcastle down because he had only just signed a contract (on 6 March 2019) agreeing to join Feyenoord on a two year contract, effective from 1 June 2019.
However, in the fast moving world of football, no sooner was Jaap Stam saying he’d turned down the chance to manage Newcastle due to honouring his commitment to Feyenoord, than he was resigning from the Feyenoord job…
The final straw being 4-0 hammering at Ajax on Sunday, Stam resigning on Monday (28 October).
The (now former) Feyenoord boss saying: ‘I have thought about this for a long time. My final conclusion is that it’s better for the club, the players and myself if I step aside.’
Well he can’t have thought about too long, as he had been in charge for less than five months!
Taking charge of only 18 games, in the first nine Jaap Stam was unbeaten, five wins and four draws.
However, in the final nine it was two wins, two draws and five defeats.
Jaap Stam leaving Feyenoord in 12th place in the Dutch league, only 14 points from 11 games.
Whilst fans were sceptical about the Jaap Stam claims, who would have ever dreamt (had nightmares) of replacing Rafa Benitez with Steve Bruce…?
Jaap Stam no more bizarre a selection than Bruce, JFK, Carver, Pardew or McClaren.
Whilst Newcastle fans despair of the job Steve Bruce is doing, it is a massive worry as to just who Mike Ashley would see as a suitable replacement if/when he gets rid of Bruce.
No doubt Jaap Stam now waiting for his phone to ring…
The Mag – 22 October 2019:
An interesting new interview with Jaap Stam over in Holland.
The former Manchester United player is currently manager of Feyenoord, who aren’t doing that great.
They finished third in the Dutch league last season and after taking over this summer, they are currently on tenth.
However, Jaap Stam says that he might not have ended up there at all.
The one-time Reading boss took over at Dutch minnow PEC Zwolle in December (2018) but only a few months later was approached by Feyenoord, Jaap Stam agreeing a two year contract with Feyenoord which would start on 1 June 2019, after he had seen out the season with PEC Zwolle.
Jaap Stam though has revealed that only a few days after agreeing that deal with Feyenoord, he was approached to take the job at Newcastle.
At a time when supposedly Mike Ashley was doing everything he could to persuade Rafa Benitez to stay…
This very much fits in with the belief of most fans that Ashley had no intention at all of trying to retain the top class manager.
Instead looking around for somebody who was desperate enough to take the NUFC job on the understanding they would have no real power, apart from training and picking the team.
Certainly having been sacked at Reading after a run of only one win in 18 league matches (20th in the Championship in March 2018) and ending up at PEC Zwolle, you could well imagine that Jaap Stam would have fit that ‘desperate’ description and willing to accept Ashley’s terms.
Jaap Stam speaking to Voetbal International:
“You have been (well) informed because it is correct.
“Newcastle United contacted me a few days after I agreed (in March) to manage Feyenoord.
“So it was not an option right away.
“I am a man of my word.
“It was beautiful and honorable because the people in England apparently know what I stand for as a coach.”
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