Barnsley have appointed Daniel Stendel as their new manager, the club’s official website has confirmed.
Stendel signs a two-year deal with Barnsley ahead of their League One campaign.
Barnsley were in the hunt for a new manager after parting ways with Jose Morais following Barnsley’s relegation from the Championship on the final day of the season.
Prior to that, Paul Heckingbottom left the club to join Yorkshire neighbours Leeds United, but he has since been sacked too.
The 44-year-old has previously managed Hannover 96 but he was sacked in March 2017 and has been without a job since.
Stendel had a win ratio of just under 54% at Hannover in the Bundesliga, having previously spent seven years as a player at the club.
Barnsley interviewed a number of people for this job but they have decided that Stendel is the right man to take them forward and lead the promotion charge in the third tier next season.
After joining the club, the German coach told the club’s official website: “I am very happy to join Barnsley Football Club and I am happy with the faith, trust and belief shown to me from everyone here in advance of me starting the role.
“I’m fully motivated and excited to get going, I am ready to meet the players and fans during pre-season.”
If you look at last season’s League One campaign, all three of the relegated Championship clubs bounced back up.
Wigan Athletic had Paul Cook, Blackburn Rovers had Tony Mowbray and Rotherham United had Paul Warne; all three are English and the former two are experienced in the lower leagues.
At the moment, it seems like Barnsley are taking an unnecessary risk with this appointment, given his lack of experience in England, the fact that he has only managed for less than one year in total and the fact that he has not had a job since March 2017.
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