On Tuesday, Barnsley and manager Daniel Stendel announced that they had parted company with immediate effect, leaving the Tykes managerless going into the international break.
Barnsley are in poor form of late, having last won on the opening day against Fulham, and sitting 23rd in the table with six points. Stendel parted company with Barnsley after a summer where tensions appeared to build following a frustrating transfer window for the German.
With this context in mind, we take a look at two pros and two cons of Barnsley parting company with Daniel Stendel…
Pro: A fresh start
As is the case with the loss of any manager, it presents a fresh start for the team, especially when that team is in a poor run of form. Barnsley need their form to turn around fast in order to avoid being cut adrift from safety.
With a new manager, Barnsley’s squad will get the chance to turn their fortunes around and beign to build some much-needed momentum to hopefully lodge a bid for survival. Having not won since the opening day, the new manager (whoever that may be) will have their work cut out to get the confidence back in this squad, however, a fresh system may be what this young side needs at this moment in time.
Con: Loss of continuity
On the flip-side of this pro, the negative of losing Stendel is that Barnsley are back to the drawing board. In Stendel’s first year in charge, Barnsley dazzled in League One, earning promotion whilst playing exciting attacking football, this campaign has not been as fruitful or as attacking as would be desired.
With Stendel leaving, Barnsley are presented with a dilemma which has two options to take: they can appoint a manager with a similar philosophy, or they can scrap that and appoint someone they are more confident can help them out of this position. With the first option, it is difficult to find a manager at short notice with the quality that Stendel had. With the second option, it will take a while before seeing the fresh system bear fruit.
Either option will struggle to maintain the continuity in the squad.
Pro: Opportunity for fringe players
While most don’t seem happy with this decision, a handful of people who will be grateful to see a new face at the helm are the players who have not seen much action this season.
A new manager coming in will have to take a good look at his squad in training before making any decisions on who nails down a starting role right away. So, with an international break underway, some Barnsley fringe players will be seeing it as a means to seize an opportunity quite hard to come by, by impressing the manager in training and earning a position in the starting eleven.
Con: Unrest amongst players and fans
Due to the nature of this board decision and the way in which they handled it, many fans and players will not be happy. Unhappy players and fans create a very poor atmosphere, especially taking the league position into account.
It is clear to see the supporters disagree with this decision with the Barnsley FC Supporters’ Trust stating to the Yorkshire Post: “Whilst we don’t want to challenge the club right now on the reasons for Daniel’s departure, we do ask that they consider a further statement to enlighten the supporters on the current situation and to give their own thanks to Daniel Stendel for his contribution to the history of this great football club. We’re a town and club built on respect and hard work, and this morning’s one paragraph announcement doesn’t play to those values.
“We wish Daniel Stendel great success with his future career and will always consider him one of our own.”
On top of this statement, Stendel has also spent time with fans in Barnsley sharing a drink while they expressed their gratitude for the week he has done. It will take some time before the fans are back onside with the board and that could be telling in the atmosphere at Oakwell in the coming months.