Former Manchester United defender Jaap Stam is poised to be named Reading’s new manager, sources have told TEAMtalk.com.
Reading have been searching for a new manager after Brian McDermott was sacked last week following a second spell in charge of the Berkshire club.
McDermott, who led Reading to promotion to the Premier League in 2012, returned to the club for a second time in December, but he could turnaround the club’s fortunes as they finished in 17th spot in the Championship.
Reading lost six of their final seven Championship games this season with McDermott winning just nine of his 30 games in charge.
A number of names have been linked with the vacancy at the Madejski Stadium, but Stam is in pole position to take over from McDermott.
Stam is keen to take up his first senior managerial role after leaving Ajax’s academy set-up at the end of the season and he has already held talks with Reading officials.
The 43-year-old’s talks have been productive and it appears the club’s hierarchy are ready to turn to the Dutchman to transform their fortunes.