Former Manchester United defender Jaap Stam has revealed his aspirations to one day become a head coach. Staam revealed that he wants to once day become a head coach after confirming that he has turned down the opportunity to take up a role as part of Guus Hiddink’s coaching staff when he succeeds Louis van Gaal as Holland boss following the World Cup. Staam is currently on the coaching staff at Ajax, where he works as a defensive coach, and the 41-year-old has revealed that he hopes to become a head coach somewhere in the future, adding that part of the reason why he rejected Hiddink’s advances is because he wants to be on the training pitch every day.
I’ve had conversations with Guus and the KNVB [the Dutch FA] about a possible role as a permanent assistant,” he told the official KNVB channel. “That is of course a very nice job, only I have not taken it. At this time, I want to spend every day on the training pitch. I have therefore opted for my own development. I hope I’m working next year with a team every day.
“Because my goal is to eventually be a head coach somewhere, but when, I cannot say.
“The former defender spent three years at Old Trafford between 1998, when he joined from PSV Eindhoven, and 2001, when he left for Lazio following a disagreement with Sir Alex Ferguson. Staam won three Premier Leagues, an FA Cup and a Champions League, and was part of the famous 1998/99 Man United treble-winning side.