Jaap Stam has adopted the hair dryer treatment Sir Alex Ferguson made famous at Man Utd
Stam has adopted the half time hot air treatment with his Championship hopefuls that Fergie used to such effect when they were at Manchester United together.
And the Dutchman is dreaming it will help win him a right Royal reunion next season with Sir Alex, who was his mentor and boss for three seasons at Old Trafford.
During that time United won three Premier League titles, one FA Cup, the Intercontinental Cup and the UEFA Champions League before Stam was sold to Lazio following a bust-up with Fergie over comments the defender made in his autobiography.
That was 10 years ago and a decision the fiery Ferguson later admitted was a mistake – but which Stam is hell bent on burying the hatchet over if he can clinch promotion tomorrow in his first season managing Reading.
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I had four managers who were important for me, but Sir Alex was very important
Then, and only then, can he follow in the footsteps of a manager who will always be his No 1.
Stam says: "I had four managers who were important for me, but Sir Alex was very important.
"Guus Hiddink was more like a hands-on man-manager who was very good with all the players who were willing to work very hard for him."
Add to them Theo de Jong, who played for Feyenoord and helped transform Stam from an amateur into professional football, and present Netherlands manager Dick Advocaat, who nurtured his career at PSV Eindhoven, and you can see why Reading's rookie manager is in such a hurry to succeed tomorrow afternoon.
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And having seen it work for Ferguson Stam won't hesitate to blow hot and cold to get where he wants Reading to be.
He said: "Sometimes you need to get the players sharp because you may think they are not bringing what they should be to the team. I need to wake them up, to be in their faces and aggressive at times."
Fergie's 'hair dryer' will play a big part in that – "but not as much as he did," Stam added.