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Report: Stam leaves Feyenoord after Ajax thrashing

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Former Manchester United player Jaap Stam as left his post as Feyenoord manager.

Stam was only appointed the manager of Dutch side Feyenoord in July of this year.

He has been in charge for 11 Eredivisie games, of which his side have won only three times.

His tenure was only 18 games in total.

Feyenoord currently sits 12th in the league, five points of relegation and 15 points off league leaders Ajax.

He has also had a less than impressive start to the Europa League, with Feyenoord sitting bottom of Group G with only one win out of three games.

It appears that the thrashing his side took from Amsterdam giants Ajax on Sunday was the final straw for Stam.

The Rotterdam based club issued a statement on their official club website, feyenoord.com confirming the managerial departure.

The statement read:

“Jaap Stam has resigned from his position as head coach at Feyenoord with immediate effect.”

“The technical staff will assume his duties for the time being.”

“The club is now looking for a long-term solution, which it hopes to present within the foreseeable future.”

Technical director Sjaak Troost stated he regrets Stam’s decision.

“The coach certainly had our support and the playing group also wanted to continue with him.”

“But when someone says ‘I no longer believe in it and I don’t want to go on,’ then we respect that and it ends.”

“However much of a shame that maybe.”

Stam himself added:

“It ‘certainly has not been an easy decision.”

“I have thought about it long and hard.”

“My ultimate conclusion is that it is better for the club, the players and myself if I step aside.”

This was Stam’s third job as a manager.

His first appointment was with Reading of the English Championship. He spent two years there.

Leading them to the playoffs in his first season, but to only one win in the first 18 games of his second season.

He also had a brief 17 game spell with PEC Zwolle.

Stam has given no indication of his intentions for the future.