READING FC winger Garath McCleary suggested the players need to take some responsibility after boss Jaap Stam left the club today (Wednesday).

Royals announced earlier this morning that the manager had left Madejski Stadium 'by mutual consent' following discussions with the club's hierarchy.

Several players have paid tribute to the 45-year-old in the wake of his exit.

And McCleary, who is currently on the sidelines with a broken ankle, said players are accountable for Stam's fate.

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We’re all accountable. All the best in the future Gaffer...

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Meanwhile, Liam Moore admitted he was 'gutted' to discover that Jaap Stam has left the club, stressing it was a 'dream come true' to play under the legendary defender.

Stam fought tooth and nail to land Moore's signature shortly after he joined Reading in 2016.

Leicester City had been reluctant to sell the now 25-year-old, who was determined to link up with Stam's side.

The deal was eventually pushed through and Moore quickly became a mainstay in Jaap Stam's defence, helping guide Reading to the Championship play-off finals last season.

Moore has previously credited Stam for helping to re-shape his career after he had fallen out of favour with the Foxes.

And the defender took to social media to express his gratitude after Stam left Royals earlier today (Wednesday).

"Gutted to see the Gaffa leave," groaned Moore.

"Having had the honour to work with and learn from one of the games greats has been a dream come true.

"Thanks for all the faith you have put in me and help both on and off the pitch."

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Gutted to see the Gaffa leave! Having had the honour to work with and learn from one of the games greats has been a dream come true. Thanks for all the faith you have put in me and help both on and off the pitch. Topman!

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Royals' Callum Harriott also paid tribute to Stam.