Jaap Stam Envious Of Newcastle’s Huge Quality Squad


It seems Reading manager Jaap Stam likes to play mind games before games.

So he has made it known that Newcastle have about 50 players in their squad, but in fact right now we have exactly half that figure available.

That’s just a slight exaggeration coming from the 44 year-old former Netherlands and Manchester United center-back.

Jaap Stam – Reading manager

This is what Stam told BBC Radio Berkshire yesterday about the game tonight at the Madejski Stadium:

“It is going to be a hard game.” “Newcastle have got a lot of quality within their squad.”

“Rafa Benitez has about 50 players but that’s what happens if you are working at a big club with the funds to make a good team.”

“We are going to work very hard to get a result, as we want to work hard for the fans and to stay up towards the top of the table.”

“I’m not happy with how we played on Saturday (won 2-1 home to Wolves) but you can’t have it all.”

“We need to learn and need to improve a lot – even for us to end up in the top six it is going to be very hard.”

“If at a certain stage of the season you are in the top six, everyone is thinking you’ve done well.”

“You’ve been third in the league for a long time and it would be a shame not to end up in the top six.”

“We’re all aware of that, people around the club were even talking about automatic promotion.”

“But that is not going to happen.”

In reality Newcastle have a squad of 27 players through the end of the season and we have two players not fit – Isaac Hayes and Rolando Aarons – but everybody else is available for tonight’s game.

We expect an extremely difficult game from Reading tonight – it will not be easy.

Stam seems concerned his team may not make the playoffs and that would be unfortunate since he’s had a very good first season as a manager in England.

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7 comments so far

  • Bambams

    Mar 7, 2017 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #1

    Well anything tonight is just perfect, i think all of us would of taken to win the two we did and of the three if we had to lose one we would of said Reading.

    I see Huddersfield have a bit of a difficult one against Villa, and Leeds away to Fulham.

    Three more for us tonight would be fantastic !

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 7, 2017 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #2

    No wonder Moanster and Tsunki think we need a massive clear out if we’ve got fifty players on the books. I take it from Jappy Stam’s comments Reading don’t have any reserve or youth teams?

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  • Budge123

    Mar 7, 2017 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #3

    It’s one thing having the squad and quite another making use of it.
    That is what Rafa has, by and large been great at so far this season.

    I still remember Big Dunk pushing and turning big bad stamm out of the way like he wasn’t there. Happy days

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  • supermac69

    Mar 7, 2017 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #4

    jaap it’s the toon your playing not chelski, 50 players haha if only..!!, still we will come away with 3 points tonight 0-3 to the toon and unbeaten rest of season
    Hwtl

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  • Vest

    Mar 7, 2017 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #5

    Stam is just trying to cover his butt, by making him the underdog.

    “If we can’t get promoted, it’s not my fault. They had the bigger budget”

    He’s a fine manager, but I don’t like his moaning and mindgames.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 7, 2017 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #6

    Hall of shame:
    welshgeordie9 // Feb 26, 2017 at 12:51 PM

    There’s no way we will be getting 6 points from those two teams.

    BlacknWhiteBarmy // Feb 26, 2017 at 1:03 PM

    Both Brighton & Huddersfield will tear this team a new one.

    54toon kk // Feb 26, 2017 at 4:55 PM

    Our toon
    I sometimes wonder is it Rafa holding our players back?

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  • LetuscloneShearer

    Mar 7, 2017 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #7

    Lets boil some eggs on his balled head!!!

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