Legend Jaap Stam has heart set on managing in the Premier League and Sunderland should give him that chance

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Former Manchester United star Jaap Stam is eyeing a return to the Premier League and Sunderland could be the perfect place for him to prove himself.

Red Devils legend Jaap Stam says he fell in love with England all over again when he visited fellow Dutchman Ronald Koeman at Southampton recently, as reported by Sunday Mirror.

Currently coach of Ajax reserves, the giant former defender said visiting Koeman 'opened his heart again'.

"It was wonderful to be back in England – all my fantastic memories came flooding back to me," Stam told the Sunday Mirror.

"Football in England is booming. As soon as I get the opportunity to work in England, I will go for it.

'There has been some interest already, but that's all I can say. Of course, I still have to prove myself at the top level."

The 43-year-old is working towards his UEFA licence, but the Sunday Mirror reports that sources in Holland claim two English clubs are already keen on giving Stam the opportunity to cut his managerial teeth.

Mackems could do a lot worse

While the identity of the clubs is not known, Sunderland could do a lot worse than take a chance on the former Lazio, AC Milan and Ajax star.

The Mackems are currently rooted to the foot of the Premier League with just two points from their opening seven games and a -10 goal difference already.

Their current manager Dick Advocaat has bags of experience and kept them up against the odds last season.

But speculation has been rife for some time that he is ready to walk away from the basement boys, as reported by the Daily Star.

Sunderland have a history of appointing former Manchester United players as their managers with Steve Bruce and Roy Keane enjoying varying degrees of success on Wearside.

They also have a history of giving young up and coming managers a chance with Paolo Di Canio and Gus Poyet perfect examples.

Stam is hungry to make a name for himself as a manager

In contrast to the beleaguered Advocaat, Stam is hungry to make a name for himself and more importantly has the credentials to fix their leaky defence, yet he could also find a role working alongside his countryman, before taking over fully.

Given the number of years the Dutch legend spent at the top of the game he would also be well connected and could attract players to the club.

While there is always an element of risk with rookie managers, the fresh impetus could well help turn Sunderland's season around should they go in a different direction in the coming weeks and months.

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