Jaap Stam out after less than two seasons in MLS

Jaap Stam is out as FC Cincinnati's head coach.

FC Cincinnati announced Monday that Stam, along with longtime club assistant coach and two-time interim head coach Yoann Damet, were relieved of their duties. Said Bakkati, who Stam brought on as his assistant, was also let go. 

Tyrone Marshall, currently the head coach of FC Cincinnati’s Under-19 squad and forthcoming U-23 team, will serve as interim head coach.

“During our nearly two-month process to identify the next General Manager for FC Cincinnati, it was apparent that a Head Coach change was necessary," FC Cincinnati President Jeff Berding said in a news release. "Therefore, after a great deal of deliberation, the club has made the decision to now move to the future with Jaap no longer serving as Head Coach.. We believe a change in leadership is in the best interest of the club at this time, and a new General Manager will lead the search for a new Head Coach. We are an ambitious club, and we remain focused on achieving our goals, the first of which is making Cincinnati a championship city. We thank Jaap for everything he has done for FC Cincinnati during his time here, and we wish him the best as he can now head home to be with his family.”

FC Cincinnati head coach Jaap Stam looks on in the second half of the MLS match between FC Cincinnati and Inter Miami at TQL Stadium in Cincinnati on Sunday, May 16, 2021. Inter Miami defeated FC Cincinnati 3-2.

Jack Stern, FC Cincinnati's head of goalkeeping and an assistant hired in 2017, will remain on-staff in his current position.

Stam and Bakkati didn't immediately respond to The Enquirer's Monday requests for comment. 

FC Cincinnati's search for a new general manager started Aug. 6 when Gerard Nijkamp was let go after a 3-6-7 start to the 2021 season.

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