Reading boss Jaap Stam counting on influence of Man Utd icon Ferguson

Reading boss Jaap Stam is eager to use the influence of Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson on his new career.

Stam spent three trophy-laden seasons at Manchester United before his infamous departure to Lazio in 2001.

He told The Sun: “I’ve worked with top players at United and a top manager at United. You can use that for yourself to eventually get success.

“You need to find your own way and combine all the things that you think will work out for yourself.

“And also you need to learn from managers who you think were not good enough. You have certain things and think ‘OK, I’m never going to do that’.

“As a player who played at a top level, you are always searching for certain things from managers that you have worked with and that you can bring into your own style of management.

“Fergie was very important in that because he was the type of manager who was extremely good in building a team in his own way that he wanted to play.

“That’s very interesting because a lot of managers just buy players without thinking, ‘Does he fit in my system that I want to play’.

“Ferguson was very good in buying players for a certain position. Players need to have a certain quality to fit in the team.”

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