The Dutchman has told Reading fans not to expect a promotion push this season.
Stam is not expecting a top six finish from his side this season
The former Manchester United defender was appointed Royals boss in June following Brian McDermott's dismissal, taking over a side that finished in 17th place last season.
But having signed a two-year contract at the Madejski, while also making a number of new additions to the squad, there is a clear feel-good factor surrounding the club, who begin their league campaign at home to Preston North End on Saturday.
However, the 44-year-old says his new side will need to be given time by the fans, adding that they should not be expecting a top-six finish from this coming campaign.
"If you look at the league, there are teams in there who will make it hard to be in the top 10," he told BBC Sport.
"We're concentrating and focusing ourselves on improving every game and to make ourselves better as a team.
"It's not going to happen that quickly, you need to have a bit of patience as well."
Two players that could still be a part of Stam's vision for the club are Tariqe Fosu and Jack Stacey, despite neither player receiving a first team squad number for the coming season.
But according to Get Reading, Stam claims: “It doesn’t mean they are not in my plans."