Man United 1999 Champions League hero admits management desire

Jaap Stam has stated that he recently turned down a coaching role with the Netherlands as he wants to be a head coach in the near future.

Manchester United fans will remember Jaap Stam as a no-nonsense defender that played his part in the club’s 1999 Champions League success.

The former Netherlands international played at Old Trafford for three years before Sir Alex Ferguson opted to sell the centre-half to Italian club Lazio.

Now a coach at Ajax, Stam looks likely to have a bright future on the bench.

The 41-year-old has revealed that he was recently offered a position to become Guus Hiddink’s assistant after the World Cup, but refused as he wants to live his dream of becoming a manager.

“I spoke to Hiddink and the Football Federation about a possible role as assistant,” Stam told

“It could be a great opportunity but I want to concentrate on work on the pitch.

“For this reason I decided to take a step forward and look for a club who will allow me to do that.

“One day I want to realise my ambition and become a head coach.”

Stam is part of the Ajax coaching staff that includes highly rated Dennis Bergkamp and Frank de Boer.

With this invaluable experience it seems like only a matter of time before the retired defender lands a manager’s job.

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