Jaap Stam has confirmed that Newcastle United made an approach to hire him in the summer, even though he had only just begun his work at Feyenoord.
It was announced in March that Stam, 47, would succeed Giovanni van Bronckhorst as the Feyenoord manager in March, but the Dutchman’s contract at De Kuip did not begin until June 1.
Former Reading manager Stam has now revealed that not long after his contract with the Rotterdam giants officially started, Newcastle made a move to hire him but it was an approach that he could not accept.
“Newcastle United applied a few days after I signed my signature at Feyenoord. So it was not an option right away. I am a man of my word. It was beautiful and honorable, because the people in England apparently know what I stand for as a trainer,” Stam told Dutch news outlet VI.
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