Next Barnsley Manager: Three left-field candidates to replace Daniel Stendel

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 24 October 2019, 11:29

The likes of Sunderland, Millwall and Southend have all now made managerial appointments, yet Barnsley appear no closer to finding a successor to Daniel Stendel who was surprisingly axed over two weeks ago.

Here at The Sack Race, we’ve already discussed the credentials of caretaker Adam Murray, who remains the favourite, and also Steve Cherundolo, with the Amerian still a contender in the betting at 9/1.

Meanwhile, former Huddersfield head coach Jan Siewert, and Neil Redfearn are also still present in the market.

However, with the Tykes seemingly still far from naming a new permanent boss, we’ve taken a look at a trio of left-field managers who could be worth considering in the next Barnsley manager market

Hannes Wolf

Barnsley went German before in Stendel, who was an instant hit in what proved to be his one and only full season at Oakwell. So, who knows, another German gaffer could well be on the club's radar.

READ: Who is Hannes Wolf?

Barnsley fans may be familiar with Stendel’s fellow countryman Hannes Wolf, who was linked with the Yorkshire club back in February 2018 following the departure of Paul Heckingbottom to Leeds.

In the end Jose Morais got the job, but fast-forward to the present day and Wolf - recently the favourite for the Huddersfield post - is ready and available (33/1) having been out-of-work since leaving Hamburg since the end of last season.

The 38-year-old previously learnt the managerial trade under one of the best in the business, Jurgen Klopp, and counts Borussia Dortmund’s second team, Stuttgart and the aforementioned Hamburg as his previous teams.

His most notable achievement was leading Stuttgart to the Bundesliga 2 title.

Ben Olsen

Ben Olsen, 25/1, has been in charge of MLS side DC United since 2010.

That’s a longer tenure than any manager currently employed in English football’s top-4 leagues, even longer than Jim Bentley who has been at the helm of Morecambe since way back in 2011.

Olsen, who was on-loan at Nottingham Forest in 2010/11, beat off competition from Lucien Favre - now Borussia Dortmund manager - to land the DC job at the age of just 33.

He’s since bagged the 2014 MLS Coach of the Year accolade after his side won the Eastern Conference regular season title, a year after finishing rock-bottom. He tasted 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup glory, took the club into the play-offs on six occasions, and in March he became the youngest coach in MLS history to accumulate 100 wins.

He was also the manager who brought Wayne Rooney to America. “I think Rooney was good to our fans and he was very appreciative of the support he got with our fan base and the community,” Olsen said on Sunday.

Considering that DC legend Olsen, now 42, only signed a new contract extension back in January, a sudden switch from Washington to Yorkshire appears unlikely.

However, DC’s season has now come to a close following a play-off defeat to Toronto FC, meaning the time could be right for Barnsley to make their move.

It’s worth noting that Barnsley’s chief executive previously worked with Olsen at DC…

Michael Duff

Michael Duff has only a year’s managerial experience on his CV, but the former Burnley defender has won plenty of plaudits this season following Cheltenham’s superb start.

The Robins have soared up to 2nd spot in League Two following an eight game unbeaten run during which the club have amassed 20 points from a possible 24.

No team in the division has scored more goals than their tally of 26, while they have the third best defence. Duff was also crowned the League Two Manager of the Month for September.

READ: Four reasons why Michael Duff is thriving at Cheltenham

Admittedly it could be difficult to prize Duff away from Cheltenham given how well his side are performing, but the chance to jump up two divisions into the Championship would undoubtedly appeal to the 41-year-old.

“In five or 10 years time I wouldn't be surprised to see Duff managing in the Premier League because his management skills are very good,” proclaimed Jordon Forster when he left Chtelnham in the summer [Gloucestershire Live]

“As soon as he came in he instilled honesty, with no egos and hard work, all wanting the same thing for the team.”

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