Jaap Stam sacked as manager of MLS side FC Cincinnati
Ex-Manchester United star Jaap Stam is sacked as manager of MLS side FC Cincinnati after just one win in 16 matches leaves the club second-bottom of Eastern Conference
- Jaap Stam has been sacked as the manager of MLS side FC Cincinnati
- The Dutch boss had taken the club on a run of just one win in 16 league matches
- Cincinnati are second-bottom of the Eastern Conference after a 4-2 loss at DC
Jaap Stam has been sacked as manager of Major League Soccer side FC Cincinnati after a run of just one win in 16 matches.
The Dutch manager, who had stints at Championship club Reading and Eredivisie side Feyenoord, had taken Cincinnati to second-bottom of the Eastern Conference table.
Stam’s last match was a 4-2 defeat to DC United which saw them go three goals down in 41 minutes, despite a late fightback from Cincinnati who scored twice in the final ten minutes.
Jaap Stam has been sacked as manager of Major League Soccer club FC Cincinnati
Stam’s last game was his side’s 4-2 defeat to DC United which saw them go 3-0 down early on
FC Cincinnati President Jeff Berding told the club’s website: ‘After a great deal of deliberation, the club has made the decision to now move to the future with Jaap no longer serving as Head Coach.
‘We believe a change in leadership is in the best interest of the club at this time, and a new General Manager will lead the search for a new Head Coach.
‘We are an ambitious club and we remain focused on achieving our goals, the first of which is making Cincinnati a championship city.
‘We thank Jaap for everything he has done for FC Cincinnati during his time here, and we wish him the best as he can now head home to be with his family.’
Cincinnati relieved Stam of his duties on Monday after nearly 18 months at the club
Stam had been in charge of Cincinnati since May 2020 and guided them to a 14th-placed finish in the Eastern Conference, eight points off the Play-Offs, and a 26th-placed spot overall.
His first half-season ended at the club with a run of just one win in 11 games, but was still trusted to take on the reigns for the coming season.
The current MLS season saw Stam’s Cincinnati start by failing to win their first four games of the league season but a run of three wins in five eased the pressure on the Dutchman.
Stam had taken American side on a run of just one win in 16 matches dating back to July
But the club’s only victory since the start of July has been a 2-0 win over bottom club Toronto on September 11.
Former Manchester United defender Stam’s only role in England was a two-year spell at Reading in the Championship, taking the Royals to the second tier play-offs in his first season in charge, though they were beaten by Huddersfield in the Wembley final.
He was sacked in March 2018 after a run of one win in 18 league matches left the Royals 20th in the Championship table.
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