Jaap Stam unsure over Reading future ahead of play-offs
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 10/05/17 5:51pm
Jaap Stam says he does not know if he will be Reading boss next season but is focused on guiding his side into the Premier League.
The former Manchester United defender was linked with the Netherlands job prior to Dick Advocaat being appointed, having guided the Royals to third in the Championship in his first campaign as a manager.
Reading face Fulham in the play-off semi-finals, with the first leg at Craven Cottage on Saturday, which is live on Sky Sports.
And when asked what would happen if the club fail to secure promotion and a Premier League side come calling this summer, the Dutchman said: "I don't know.
"I don't really want to think about it, it's not there. So we will cross that bridge when we come to it.
"I still have a contract for another season and there's nothing going on. If it's up to me for now I'm still over here, I'm enjoying my time here and we are working towards something.
"It would be nice if we can do it straight away this season, but If it's not going to happen then maybe next season depending on what the owners can do with the club."
Despite finishing five points ahead of Fulham in the Championship table, Stam is happy to go into this weekend's game against Slavisa Jokanovic's side as underdogs.
"I don't mind that. I'm not reading what people are writing about us, or Fulham, and I'm not really interested either," he added.
"I'm interested in the team, what we can do, how we have played against Fulham and how we can make it difficult for them to get a good result so we can get to the final.
"We know it's not going to be easy, Fulham are a quality team. They've been looking to end up in the top six for several seasons, they've been in the Premier League for years already, they have money to spend so it's logical for them to have that ambition as well.
"There is no pressure on us to get there straight away, but if you have the chance, then you want to take it and that's what we want to do."