Jaap Stam delivers astonishing attack on Leeds supporters
By Amir Mir
Reading manager Jaap Stam has launched an astonishing attack on Leeds supporters following their 2-0 win against his side on Tuesday night.
The former Manchester United defender slammed the Elland Road faithful for chanting the words “boring, boring Reading” at his team for keeping possession of the ball in defence.
Stam’s side had an incredible 77 per cent possession of the ball, but still lost the encounter against their promotion rivals, with striker Chris Wood and winger Souleymane Doukara getting on the scoresheet either side of the break.
After the game, in response to the chants, the 44-year-old delivered a brutal response to the Leeds fans.
“You can tell something about how they are as human beings to be fair,” said Stam, to GetReading. “It’s a way of thinking. Because if you think that this is boring I think they need to have a look at their own team and how they play.
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“They can say ‘we won’ and, of course, at the end it’s about the result – but if you need to play like that then I don’t want to be a manager.
“Because I don’t want to play and just wait and wait and wait. That’s not my type of playing, my type of tactics.”
Stam joined Reading during the summer and the former Holland centre-back has guided them to promotion winning form.
Despite their defeat against Garry Monk’s side, the Royals are third in the Championship table on 37 points from 21 games, six behind Newcastle in second.
By contrast, Monk’s side are fifth in the table as they currently occupy a play-off spot going into a busy festive period.
The Yorkshire club have registered 11 wins, two draws and eight losses this term as they have 35 points from 21 games.
Reading will be looking to bounce back from the defeat at Elland Road when they visit league strugglers Blackburn on Saturday afternoon.
Meanwhile, the Whites host Brentford on home soil, looking to record three wins on the bounce in Yorkshire.