Former Manchester United defender Jaap Stam has revealed his managerial aspirations, including his dream of taking charge at Old Trafford at some point.
The Dutchman has been an assistant and development coach at Ajax Amsterdam since 2013. He confirmed that he will leave Ajax at the end of the season and believes he is ready to set out on his managerial career after going through his coaching badges last season.
The 43-year-old played at Old Trafford between 1998 and 2001, winning three Premier League title, one FA Cup, and the Champions League during his stay and now hopes to return to the Red Devils as the head coach.
“First it would be for me to work as a manager in England, but eventually, if I develop and do well, hopefully I can get back in a role for United,” Stam told the Daily Mail.
“I finished my coaching badges last season and I want to manage in Holland or England.
“People have been talking about me stepping in if Frank de Boer was to leave Ajax, but while he has a contract, there’s nothing sure.
“They wanted me to stay at the club but they know my ambition – that I want to manage a first team. I could wait until the end of the season and make a decision based on whether he leaves, but I’m not that type of person.
“I want to develop myself and go to a team in England, so I’ve told Ajax I’m finishing my contract and then we can wait until the next season.”