By Danny Wright
Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani is plotting a move for Reading manager Jaap Stam to replace Garry Monk – and the fans have took to Twitter to rage.
The Yorkshire Evening Post reported on Saturday that the 44-year-old is on the Whites’ shortlist to step in for Monk at Elland Road following his departure last month.
It is understood that Radrizzani “weighing up” the possibility of making an approach for the Reading boss, who guided his side to the play-off final at Wembley this year in what was his first job in management.
The Royals fell at the final hurdle after a penalty shoot-out defeat to Huddersfield, but that does not appear to have phased Leeds, who have undergone big changes behind the scenes in recent weeks.
However the Elland Road faithful feel slightly aggrieved due to the Dutchman criticising the club’s support in December after Reading lost 2-0.
He also accused Monk of using negative tactics, and it seems Leeds fans do not want Stam due to his own defensive philosophy.
The ex-Netherlands international also used to play for Leeds’ rivals Manchester United during his playing career – something which has also come up with the Yorkshire clubs’ supporters.
Here is a selection of their tweets:
Stam criticised our supporters last season + boring tactics. Cant see it being a popular decision #LUFC
— Lynda Kershaw💙💛 (@lyndyloukershaw) June 10, 2017
Hopefully Stam's name has leaked out to distract from the actual main target(s). Can't stand Stam's style of football #lufc
— adamski_lufc (@adamski75_) June 10, 2017
Jaap stam!!! Nooooooooooo!! I don't want 500% possession and 0 shots on target thankyou very much!! #lufc
— Paddy Gorman 💙💛 (@LufcPaddy) June 10, 2017
Jaap Stam plays the most god awful football to watch I've seen in years. Might nick games 1-0, but Reading were awful to watch #lufc
— Sam (@Snadd23) June 10, 2017
Stam has clearly done well at Reading. Just struggling to get past what went on last season and his playing career #lufc
— Daniel Wood (@danielwood100) June 10, 2017
— Charlie Wright (@charliewright24) June 10, 2017
Stam played for a number of Europe’s top clubs during his playing days.
The former centre-back turned out for Lazio, PSV, AC Milan and Ajax as well as Man United, where he was part of the famous 1999 treble winning squad.