Huddersfield Town are still on the hunt to find Jan Siewert’s successor, after the 37-year-old was dismissed from his role in charge of the Terriers.
His exit didn’t come as a surprise either, with Huddersfield occupying one of the relegation places in the Championship, in their first season back in the second tier of English football.
They have been linked to a number of managers in recent weeks, with the likes of Danny Cowley and Daniel Stendel being just some of the names rumoured to be arriving to discuss the vacancy.
Stendel is currently in charge of Barnsley, and his good work with the Tykes seemingly hasn’t gone unnoticed.
He won promotion with them last season, and will be hoping that he can can keep them clear of the relegation zone in the Championship this term.
But it remains to be seen as to how much longer he will remain in charge of Barnsley, as he could be tempted by a fresh challenge with Huddersfield, as they look to win promotion back into the Premier League at the first time of asking.
Today, we’re going to look into two pros and two cons for Huddersfield if they were to appoint Stendel as their new boss.
Pro: He’s a young manager with a point to prove
It’s hard to believe that Barnsley is Stendel’s second job in senior football, and he’s a manager that will have a bright future ahead of him.
He guided Barnsley to promotion at the first time of asking, and has got off to a positive start with the Tykes in the Championship this term.
He’ll be hoping that he can build on this success and could be tempted by a fresh start to further his managerial ability with Huddersfield, who will be hoping to turn their poor start to the season around at the earliest of opportunities.
Pro: Stendel isn’t afraid to rely on younger players
Stendel signed a number of younger players over the summer, and it’s clear to see that he’s willing to use them in the first-team.
Huddersfield have some young players on their books that will be keen to make an impact in the first-team, and the club’s supporters will surely welcome a philosophy that uses the academy system.
Con: Are there more experienced options out there for the Terriers?
There are a number of managers out there that supporters would be keen to see take charge ahead of Stendel at this moment in time.
This is the first season he has managed in the Championship, but the likes of Chris Hughton are far more experienced, and should be the type of manager that Huddersfield are targeting.
Stendel is a manager with a bright future ahead of him, but it might be too early for him to move to a club in Huddersfield’s position.
Con: He hasn’t shown that he’s capable of dealing with a sizeable budget yet
It’s no secret that Huddersfield are going to need further signings in January’s transfer window, and they’ll need a manager that is proven with a budget.
Stendel’s most expensive signing at Barnsley so far has been Luke Thomas from Derby, who arrived for a fee in the region of £1.22m in the summer.
Huddersfield will need experienced players that are going to cost more than what he is used to paying with at Barnsley, so they could be tempted to look elsewhere to fill their managerial vacancy with someone who can be trusted with additional funds.