JAAP STAM admitted his ending at Reading FC was 'unfortunate' and wished the team well after leaving the club today (Wednesday).

The 45-year-old manager enjoyed almost two years in Berkshire and steered Royals to a third-placed Championship finish in his first season.

However, his fortunes turned upside down this year and Reading currently sit in 20th place in the table with eight games remaining.

"We talked to each other in a good way and came to the conclusion that it would be better if the roads were to be separated," Stam told Voetbal International.

"Sometimes new impulses are needed at a club when the tide has to be turned. Of course it is annoying.

"But this can happen in your career as a manager. Especially in current professional football.

"Also in the Championship clubs change managers faster and faster. With almost two seasons, I have maintained it for quite a while. "

Dutchman Stam revolutionised Royals' style of play after he took over the club in the summer of 2016.

He immediately hit the ground running and helped to get the best out of the likes of Yann Kermorgant, Paul McShane and Liam Moore.

Voetbal International also quoted Stam as saying: "With well-cared-for combination football, we have tried to distinguish ourselves in the Championship.

"We wanted to take further steps in this season, but that did not work out due to various causes. That is unfortunate, because Reading is a wonderful club, I really hope they will go well."

Royals have now began a search for a new manager who will replace Stam.

Stam added he will remain in England "for the time being".