Leeds United looked closely at Jaap Stam as manager before they settled on Thomas Christiansen, according to a reliable journalist – and fans think they dodged a bullet.
Phil Hay, from the Yorkshire Evening Post, reported the news on his personal Twitter page shortly after Reading sacked Stam.
He said it was “funny how things go” before adding that Stam had been on his way out of Reading for a while.
Funny how things go. Someone Leeds looked very closely at before appointing TC last summer but has been on the way out of Reading for a while:https://t.co/PAa0541a4J
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) March 21, 2018
Fans pretty unanimously said that they didn’t want Jaap Stam anywhere near their club, and are obviously hoping his new-found availability doesn’t make Andrea Radrizzani think of him again.
One fan said that he wasn’t a fan of Stam’s but at least he had a plan, unlike Paul Heckingbottom.
Another fan said it was just more evidence that Radrizzani doesn’t have a clue when it comes to managerial appointments.
Here are the best reactions to the revelation that Leeds were considering making a move for Jaap Stam before they hired Thomas Christiansen:
— DrT's Poetry Corner (@DoctorT1992) March 21, 2018
I don’t want his boring possession football anywhere near Leeds United.his comments after the Leeds defeat last year were bizarre at best
— Adam Barlow (@AdamPaulBarlow) March 21, 2018
Not a fan, but least you could see his plan at Reading (last yr). Can’t see any plan with Hecky and player selections seem random
— AW (@AWwhite1) March 21, 2018
Stam better than Hecky but would not want. Please please Andrea..Bring in/upgrade Carlos till end season. If he does well…job his… but a guarantee to return to u 23 role too. His knowledge of the u23s so important in mixing many to full squad over this perfect trial period.
— Dermot Culliton (@DermotCulliton) March 21, 2018
Shows that whoever has been advising AR on managerial appointments doesn't have a clue.
— David Haines (@SkyDaveLeeds) March 21, 2018
Seemed such a strange candidate, Would of been alot of angry fans
— Danny Robinson (@danny_robinson2) March 21, 2018
Don’t want Stam anywhere near this club. But then again I wish Heckinbottam wasn’t anywhere near this club. Silly gamble and cheap fix that isn’t working, on the contrary we are going backwards at a rate of knots. If it wasn’t for TCs early season points we would be going down.
— Iain Groundwell (@Hauxley1) March 21, 2018
Think this tells us how good radz is at picking coaches two duds plus he tried to get stam
— Geezus (@rhodes_g) March 21, 2018
Don't you dare radz!
— Benjamin Thornton (@BenjaminTlufc) March 21, 2018