Reading Manager Jaap Stam Rewarded for Excellent Debut Season With New Contract
Reading have announced that manager Jaap Stam has agreed to extend his contract until the end of the 2018-19 season. The 44-year old enjoyed a successful first season in Berkshire as the Royals came within a whisker of securing promotion to the Premier League.
Speaking to the club's official website, Reading's new majority shareholder
Reading gave Stam an opportunity to become a manager in August 2016. He took over a side that had finished 15th and 19th in the previous two seasons but they made a perfect start with a 1-0 win over Preston in his first game in charge.
A run of five successive wins through November propelled Reading into the promotion race and they would stay there for the rest of the season. Although Brighton and Newcastle would pull clear and secure the automatic promotion spots, Reading would secure their place in the play-offs.
Having beaten Fulham in the semi-final, the Royals were to suffer Wembley heartbreak, losing on penalties to Huddersfield after a forgettable final.
Stam's director of football