Jaap Stam to become Feyenoord’s new manager next season

BRISTOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Jaap Stam, Manager of Reading during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Reading at Ashton Gate on December 26, 2017 in Bristol, England. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

Feyenoord have announced that Jaap Stam will replace Giovanni van Bronckhorst as manager for next season.

The Dutch giants will part with current coach Van Bronckhorst in at the end of this term following his announcement in January that he will vacate his role in search of a new challenge.

The former Arsenal and Barcelona star had led Feyenoord to two KNVB Cups, two Johan Cruyff Shields and the Eredivisie title.

Now former Manchester United defender Stam will arrive at Rotterdam in the summer and will attempt to carry on what his former Netherlands team-mate had achieved in his four years in charge.

Stam’s move to Feyenoord comes as somewhat of a surprise given that he had only been appointed manager of his old side PEC Zwolle in December.

“I really feel at home at PEC Zwolle, but it’s true for every ambitious coach that if you get the chance to work at a club like Feyenoord you will think it over very seriously,” Stam told the club website.

“After good, open talks with Martin van Geel about what’s possible and what’s not possible at Feyenoord, I quickly realised that I wanted to go completely for this opportunity.

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“I am grateful to PEC Zwolle for the fact that they understand my ambitions and quickly reached agreement with Feyenoord.”

He added: “I am really looking forward to getting down to work in Rotterdam. Obviously, I would say [that]. But over the next few months, I will do everything I can to bring the season to a good and successful end at PEC Zwolle with the players and the staff.”

Stam started out his playing career at PEC Zwolle before going on to enjoy glittering spells with the likes of PSV Eindhoven, United and Lazio.

The 46-year-old also previously worked as an assistant coach at PEC Zwolle between 2011 to 2013 and coached English Championship side Reading in March.

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