Who is the new Barnsley boss Daniel Stendel?

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 06 June 2018, 13:17

The name ‘Daniel Stendel’ was frantically being hammered into the Google search bar in the vicinity of South Yorkshire on Monday night after the little known German gaffer emerged as the shock new favourite for the Barnsley post.

Fast-forward to Wednesday and Stendel has become the third non-British boss to manage the club after signing a two-year contract at Oakwell, and Reds fans will be hoping he makes more of an impact than Portuguese coach Jose Morais who lasted only 79 days and 15 games in the Tykes dugout.

Below we profile Stendel; looking at what he’s achieved and what he brings to new club Barnsley.

Who is Daniel Stendel?

Frankfurt-born Stendel, 44, had a 14-year playing career as a striker for the likes of Hamburger SV, Hannover 96 and FC St.Pauli.

After hanging up his boots in 2008 Stendel embarked on a career in coaching with Hannover, and went on to oversee their U13 and U19 teams.

Who has he managed?

Stendel’s one and only job in senior management was a year’s spell in charge of German side Hannover.

Stendel was overseeing the club’s U19 side when he got the call to take over the senior squad on an interim basis in April 2016 following the sacking of Thomas Schaaf.

Hannover were rooted to the foot of the Bundesliga, 10 points from safety with six games to play, so it was no surprise that Stendel was unable to save the club from relegation, however he was then handed a permanent contract with the aim of winning promotion back to the top-flight.

He was then rather harshly axed in March 2017, with the club 4th in the table, but departed with a decent record of 15 wins from 28 games.

Meanwhile, his replacement at Hannover, Andre Breitenreiter, went on to lead the club back up to the Bundesliga.

What attracted Barnsley to Stendel?

Stendel has beaten off competition from a far share of managers, who were either interviewed for the post or featured prominently in the betting market.

Grant McCann, Gareth Ainsworth. David Hopkin and Nigel Clough were all believed to be in contention at one stage or another, while former boss Paul Heckingbottom briefly emerged as a contender to return to Oakwell (in the betting at least).

Stendel is a real left-field appointment from Barnsley as he’s never worked in England while his lack of managerial experience will be a matter of concern to the Barnsley faithful, considering the recent failure of former boss Morais.

However, despite losing his job at Hannover, he can look back on an impressive win rate of 53.57%.

In a statement the club's Chief Executive Gauthier Ganaye applauded Stendel's use of the "counter-press," while he also said:

"We identified him as a candidate as he’s a coach that has a style of play that matches the mentality of club and town, it’s attacking with flair and high intensity designed to press the opposition.

"As well as the style, Daniel has the philosophy of using and developing younger players which fits perfectly in our model too. "

The new David Wagner...?

A young German manager venturing into England’s Football League is always going to draw comparisons with David Wagner, who saved Huddersfield from relegation down to the Championship, before winning promotion to the Premier League, and then last season he preserved the club’s top-flight status.

There’s no doubt that Stendel faces a sizeable rebuilding job as he bids to orchestrate an instant return to the Championship following the club’s relegation last season.

He will start a level lower than Wagner, with his new side currently the 9/1 second favourites to win League One - behind Jack Ross’ frontrunners Sunderland - while they can also be backed at 10/3 to win promotion.

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