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Reading sack Manager Jaap Stam

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Reading sack Manager Jaap Stam

Championship club Reading have sacked manager Jaap Stam after a run of just one win in 19 league games.

Former Manchester United and Netherlands defender Stam, 45, led the club to the Championship play-off final in his first season at the club.

But poor results this term have seen Reading slip to 20th, within three points of the relegation zone.

Saturday's 3-2 defeat by Norwich City left the Royals without a win in their past nine Championship matches.

Stam did not appear for post-match interviews after that defeat at Carrow Road, instead sending out his assistant manager Andries Ulderink.

In a statement from majority shareholders Mr Yongge Dai and Ms Xiu Li Dai, the club said it had "wanted to give Stam every opportunity to turn around what has been a difficult and challenging Championship campaign".

"After careful consi­dera­tion, the decision has been made that a change is now necessary," it added.

"We will now focus on identifying and recruiting the right person to take the club forward."

Reading's next match is on Friday, 30 March against QPR at the Madejski Stadium.

SB

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