We speak to our new gaffer on his first day at Madejski StadiumNew Royals boss Jaap Stam, who was officially introduced to the media on Monday afternoon at Madejski Stadium, underlined his ambitions on joining Reading and the challenge which lies ahead.
“It’s great to be here,” said the new Royals boss. “I was looking for a team that wanted to achieve something. When I got the invitation to speak to the owners of the club and the Technical Director Brian Tevreden, it was a very good conversation.
“The way they thought about football and wanting to achieve something with that team – it was very similar to my thoughts of working in management. That convinced me to sign at Reading.
“You always need to have ambition. That counts for the players, the club where you work, but also for a manager. As a player you want to achieve the most that you can and win as many trophies as possible and get as high as you can. As a manager I still have the same ambition and I want to do that with the team that I’m managing as well.
“I’m very happy to do that with this club with the players and the squad that we have here. Hopefully we can do well all together and eventually get to where we want to go.”
With teams the size of Aston Villa, Newcastle and Norwich dropping down from the Premier League this summer and a number of former top-tier clubs already playing at this level, Stam knows all about the challenge that the new Sky Bet Championship season is likely to pose.
“It’s not going to be easy – everybody knows that the Championship is a very strong league with some great teams playing in it,” he continued. “I have the ambition as a manager to get to the Premier League with Reading and the players that we have.
“As a manager and a player you need to work to get to the highest level that you can together and to give everything in your ability to achieve something. That’s what we’re going to try to do all together, and hopefully we’ll get there.”
The players don’t arrive back at Hogwood after their summer break for a few weeks yet – in the meantime, a number of the players are still in action at the Copa America and European Championships.
Stam is looking forward to getting to know a bit more about the club in the coming weeks, and taking his first training session with his new squad.
“It’s ideal to join a club after the summer and before the pre-season, because you need to learn about the players and the squad,” he continued. “You have to see them on the pitch and in training sessions and what they do and what they can bring.
“You look at how they develop themselves in your training sessions and in your style of play, so it will be an interesting first couple of weeks.
“Some of the players are away playing in big tournaments at the moment and you hope that they do very well. Eventually they will need a holiday themselves but I’ll be looking forward to working with those players. Of course we will be watching the games that they are playing with and hopefully for them they will do well for the countries they are playing for, and also individually.”
You can watch the full interview with our new gaffer at the top of this article via our YouTube channel.