Reading boss Jaap Stam looks to be on the brink ahead of Nottingham Forest clash


Reading manager Jaap Stam faced up to the prospect of the sack ahead of facing Nottingham Forest, after his side’s woes continued following a 2-0 defeat at home to Middlesbrough.

While it has also been reported the Dutchman is considering quitting the Royals before Mark Warburton’s Reds make the trip to the Madejski Stadium on Tuesday night.

Reading have lost four of their last five Championship outings while their fortunes have plummeted on home soil.

Since a 15-match unbeaten run on their patch came to an end against Bristol City last month, their subsequent three games there have failed to yield a win, with Grant Leadbitter’s penalty and Britt Assombalonga’s header giving Boro the spoils on Saturday.

Jaap Stam led Reading to the play-offs final last season

Reading, who reached the play-offs final last season, are hovering two points and places above the drop zone, and Stam admitted the board should act if they feel someone is capable of doing a better job.

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About his job security, Stam said: “If people might think to make other choices, that’s how it is.

“I like the club very much but if somebody else can make better results and do it better, then (the board) need to make that decision.

“We all work very hard – the team, the staff, the players – but if there’s someone out there to do it a lot better, then that decision needs to be made.”



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