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Jaap Stam has said he would accept a coaching role at Manchester United to work alongside the new manager and help restore the club to its former glory.
Current Ajax boss Erik ten Hag has emerged as United’s primary target for the permanent position – with the Dutchman taking part in the interview process with the Red Devils last week.
Should Ten Hag be offered the managerial role at Old Trafford, he is expected to bring in a former player who understands ‘the bond’ between the team, its staff and the fans.
Jaap Stam has said he would return to Manchester United in a heart beat to help coach
The Times named Stam, Robin van Persie and Ruud van Nistelrooy as the three potential coaches that could be called upon by the Dutch manager.
When asked whether he would be open to the challenge, despite parting ways with MLS side FC Cincinnati last September, Stam said ‘without a doubt’.
Speaking to Betting Expert, Stam said: ‘If they (Manchester United) would ask me (to take a coaching/managerial role), I would do it straight away without a doubt.
Erik ten Hag has emerged as Manchester United’s primary target for the permanent role
Should Ten Hag be offered the role at Old Trafford, he is expected to bring in a former Manchester United legend – such as Stam, Robin van Persie (above) or Ruud van Nistelrooy
‘You know United is my life as well. I’ve had great seasons over there, won trophies and it’s been very important for me.’
Premier League (3): 1998–99, 1999–00, 2000–01
FA Cup (1): 1998–99
UEFA Champions League (1): 1998–99
Intercontinental Cup (1): 1999
The 49-year-old continued by saying: ‘In any way, if I could help them out, I would be tempted to do it.’
‘I know they are probably not going to come and call me, but also in a different role, and that counts I think for every player who has played for United.
‘I think everyone is very eager to help the club and hopefully, bring them to the absolute top level.’
‘Like I said, you never know, that would be interesting.’
‘It’s all about owners, it’s all about technical directors, it’s all about coaches that step in, who do they want as assistant coaches. That’s how it goes.’
Stam became a Manchester United legend after helping the club reach extraordinary heights during his career.
Stam finished each of his three seasons at Old Trafford as a Premier League champion.
He also helped Manchester United secure the historic treble in his debut campaign – winning the Champions League and FA Cup in 1999 alongside the Premier League.
Stam’s defensive contribution to Manchester United allowed the more attacking players such as David Beckham, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs excel.
The 49-year-old retired footballer would now like to return to his former club in a coaching capacity. However, he will only do so if an appropriate manager – such as Ten Hag – is appointed.
Stam is eager to help Manchester United rediscover their form against another poor season
Stam (right) helped the Red Devils reach historic heights during his playing career – he was a part of the treble winning side in 1999 (his first season at the club)
However, Ajax technical manager Gerry Hamstra has threatened the potential return of Stam by saying he is hopeful Ten Hag will remain Eredivisie side.
‘It would be fantastic if he is still Ajax’s coach next season,’ Hamstra told Voetbal International. ‘He still has an ongoing contract with Ajax, but we also all know how the world works.
‘Erik is a professional and focuses on this season himself, on the important months ahead in which the prizes will be distributed.
‘The future will tell, but it is clear that Erik is very important for Ajax.’
Source: DailyMail Sports