Jaap Stam wants to return to England as a manager -and has already had a dig about supposed mercenaries at Chelsea and Manchester City.
Stam, currently coach of Ajax reserves, is still weeks away from receiving his UEFA licence, yet reports in the Netherlands claim the 43-year-old has been approached by two unnamed English clubs about a potential management role.
Stam recently visited Southampton to observe Ronald Koeman’s work and says he would jump the chance of a job in England.
“Coming back to England and seeing Ronald at Southampton has really opened my heart again,” Stam said.
“It was wonderful to be back in England – all my fantastic memories came flooding back to me.
“Football in England is booming. The Premier League is the best league in the world and the facilities for coaches and managers are fantastic.
“I remember playing at The Dell when we travelled to Southampton. Now they have a brand new stadium.
“I also saw their training complex, and it is out of this world.
“As soon as I get the opportunity to work in England, I will go for it.
“There has been some interest already, but that’s all I can say. Of course, I still have to prove myself at the top level.
“Not every great player becomes a great coach.”
Premier League wages ‘out of control’?
While Stam is impressed by the improvement in facilities in the Premier League, he is shocked by the amount of money certain players are earning these days.
“When I see what English clubs pay players with average ability these days, it makes me wonder if things have gone out of control,” Stam said.
“We were paid a decent wage when I played for Manchester United, but money was never a drive or a reason to play.
“I had plenty of opportunities to earn far more money during my career.
“But I looked at where I could win trophies and where I would get plenty of playing time. That helped me to become a good player.
“I am not going to name names, but there are certain players who are happy to earn £200,000-a-week and sit on the bench at Chelsea or Man City.
“They would play every game if they went somewhere else, but then they would have to take a wage cut.”