For the second time in 12 months, FC Cincinnati general manager Gerard Nijkamp leads the global search to appoint a new head coach for the club, entering its second season.
FC Cincy fielded more than 100 applicants, while Nijkamp combed his extensive contact network both in Europe and the United States, formulating 10 candidates. From there, the club shrank the list of candidates to three candidates: Jaap Stam, Dom Kinnear and a third, unreported, potential employee.
On Thursday, Orange and Blue announced Stam will be their next head coach. The former national team defender Manchester United and the Netherlands worked with Nijkamp at PEC Zwolle, one of his managerial experiences which also included Reading and Feyenoord.
“Yes, I really like Jaap how he is as a professional and what he will bring to our club,” Nijkamp told reporters in a video conference call Friday morning. “We work very well at PEC Zwolle, it does a good job. The most important thing is quality.”
Extratime talks recruited Stam
Nijkamp joked that the Netherlands is a big country, but everyone considered him to be friends with every Dutchman, adding that his relationship with Stam was not the reason why he got the job. Both parties believed that the match was good, as was the case with the front office and Cincy’s other ownership.
“As a head coach if you are looking for work, can you get a useful opportunity?” Stam said. “The type of project in which you can develop, develop yourself more and help the club to become a big part of the big league. I think FC Cincinnati is that club. I am very happy that they came out with me and I am the head coach of FC Cincinnati. ”
Joining such a young club, Stam has the opportunity to create a lasting legacy. Cincinnati will open their new West End Stadium next year, a monumental season for the club.
Nijkamp also confirmed that twice temporary head coach Yoann Damet would remain as Stam’s coaching staff, as expected. Stam said that he laughed at the accident at the club’s announcement of his recruitment – in which they initially mistakenly used someone else’s photo – adding that he enjoyed the banter.
Stam’s two top achievements in managerial career so far have been the engineering of an impetus for promotion to the Premier League with Reading and helping guide PEC Zwolle away from relegation in the Netherlands. He also served a short stint with Feyenoord, resigning within one year.
“At Feyenoord, we made a certain agreement but then everything changed,” Stam said. “So I made a decision that it would be better for others to come in because what we agreed on had really changed.”
Now, FC Cincy is working to bring Nijkamp, Stam and new assistant coach Said Bakkati from Europe back to America during the global pandemic. The timeline is current TBD.
“We are working with legal counsel and appropriate federal authorities to get the necessary approval,” club chairman Jeff Berding said. “Last night we took the first step in submitting an application for Jaap and Said, we will have more conversation today with them effort. We will need permission, not only to get permission but also only bring it to the country. “
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