Former Manchester United defender Jaap Stam has revealed the reason behind him turning down the managerial job at Premier League club Newcastle United.
Jaap Stam talked about the Newcastle United job in his recent interview with Dutch media outlet Voetbal International.
According to him, it was difficult for him to leave his job at former Dutch champions Feyenoord for the Premier League.
He was offered the Newcastle United job in the summer shortly before Jaap Stam was made the permanent manager at Feyenoord.
The former Dutch international centre back was initially the interim manager at Feyenoord having been appointed towards the end of last season.
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He won six of the last seven games in the Dutch Eredivisie to help Feyenoord secure third place at the end of the previous campaign.
It was difficult for Jaap Stam to leave the Dutch club for a struggling team like Newcastle United in the Premier League.
He was previously linked with the job while Rafael Benitez was still the Newcastle United manager and his future at the club was in doubt.
Rafael Benitez’s contract ended this summer and the Magpies wanted Jaap Stam to replace him.
In the end, another former Manchester United player Steve Bruce was appointed the new Newcastle United boss.