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Said Bakkati

First team coach

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Reading Football Club appointed Said Bakkati as First Team Coach in June 2016.

Groningen-born Bakkati began a playing career as a right wing-back with Heerenveen where he tasted not only Eredivisie football but European football in the form of a UEFA Cup against VfB Stuttgart in 2004-5. A move to ADO Den Haag followed before a spell with Go Ahead Eagles and then Zwolle - with whom he won promotion with the First Division title in 2012.

Three more seasons with FC Emmen led to a move into coaching with the club and he switched to link up with Jaap Stam and Andries Ulderink at Ajax shortly after hanging up his boots. He travelled over to the UK as part of Stam's coaching staff and has since played a vital first team role in the Royals' success under Stam - taking on a very analytical element within the coaching set-up. 

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