Jaap Stam was definitively appointed on Thursday as the new trainer of FC Cincinnati. The 47-year-old Dutchman is the successor to Ron Jans at the club from Major League Soccer (MLS).
"It's a dream for me to have the opportunity to work in the United States and for a club like FC Cincinnati," Stam said on his new employer's site. "I have always loved the country and the mindset of the Americans."
The former defender reportedly signs for a year and a half with the option for another season and takes Saïd Bakkati as an assistant. The 38-year-old Bakkati, who was an assistant trainer at Feyenoord, already worked with Stam among the Rotterdammers.
Stam had been without a club since October, after he left Feyenoord after a short period. The former international, who will become the second Dutch trainer in the MLS alongside Frank de Boer, also worked at Jong Ajax, Reading and PEC Zwolle.
Gerard Nijkamp, the technical director of Cincinnati, announced at the end of last week that Stam was the main candidate to become the new trainer.
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Jans left Cincinnati earlier this year
FC Cincinnati was in the news this early this year because of the departure of Jans. The Dutchman's adventure came to an end in February after he was accused of racism.
The US MLS, like many other leagues, has stalled due to the corona crisis. Cincinnati, where three Dutch players play with Maikel van der Werff, Siem de Jong and Jürgen Locadia, lost the first two games of the season that started in February.