Unfortunately, the team’s big social media announcement ended in ridicule after a blunder saw not a photo of Stam on Twitter, but rather a photo of the youth coach of the Ajax Tinus van Teunenbroek.
In all honesty, the two have a passing resemblance, the two are bald and of similar stature, but the embarrassing mistake was quickly spotted by fans and the media before a red-faced Cincinnati media team quickly corrected the ‘fault.
In a subsequent interview on the club’s website, Stam, 47, laughed at the incident and said he had several doubles (doubles) in his native Netherlands.
“Many people without hair, in the Netherlands, sometimes they say:” Here is Jaap! “”, Did he declare. “This is completely normal.”
As for van Teunenbroek, unexpectedly thrown into the spotlight, he told Fox News that the wrong identity was a regular occurrence.
“I was once confused with Jaap Stam in Ajax Showtime (an Ajax FC site) by Ajax himself. It happens to me more often, like on vacation, that people shout: ‘Hey, it’s Jaap Stam! ‘ ”
But whatever the excuses, rival MLS teams couldn’t resist making fun of the mistaken identity of the affair with Colorado Rapids and New England Revolution among many participants.
Former international Manchester United and Netherlands star Stam takes over after management positions in Reading, England and PEC Zwolle and Feyenoord in the Netherlands.
He resigned at Feyenoord last October after a 4-0 loss to Ajax and succeeds Cincinnati to interim manager Yoann Damet.
With travel restrictions continuing amid the coronavirus pandemic, it is unclear when Stam will be able to join his new team.
MLS was suspended on March 12, but the players resumed training at club facilities on an individual basis before a possible restart of the season later this summer.