FC Cincinnati General Manager Gerard Nijkamp discussed with media members on Thursday morning the league-wide suspension of MLS matches for 30 days in response to the spread of novel coronavirus.
Jaap Stam’s move to FC Cincinnati is a bet on himself and the unique way he plies his trade.
He knows some pundits attach a stigma to moving to Major League Soccer. Leaving Europe, arguably the most fertile ground in the sport for playing and managerial talent, can come with second-guessing.
Stam isn’t second-guessing anything about his new post as FC Cincinnati’s head coach.
“I think there’s a lot of risk with any job when you go into coaching,” Stam told The Enquirer during a Tuesday video call. “I think if you’re afraid as a coach for the risk and going anywhere in work, then you don’t need to do this job. You want to build something and you know there’s a certain risk attached to it. You need to be confident in yourself and what you can bring to the game, to the team and how you want to work, how you want to play.”
At the root of Stam’s confidence in himself to succeed at FC Cincinnati is his managerial style.