After a heartbreaking final day relegation, Barnsley swiftly parted company with manager Jose Morias, who failed to rescue the Tykes’ failing campaign.
A 3-0 loss to Nottingham Forest on the final day, and wins for Bolton Wanderers and Birmingham City, meant they dropped back into League One once again.
But they had bounced back before and the hunt was now on for a manager who could fire them out of the third tier at the first time of asking.
On June 6, they had their man.
This is FLW Rewind where we take a look back at a big decision made by a club, analyse the initial reaction and document what happened next.
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Daniel Stendel on a two-year contract as the Head Coach of Barnsley Football Club.
— Barnsley FC (@BarnsleyFC) June 6, 2018
The manager in question was the relatively unknown German Daniel Stendel who left Hannover 96 in the Bundesliga to take the job.
Having only had just over a season’s worth of managerial experience, many of the Oakwell faithful were not at all convinced by their new appointment.
They felt that what the club needed now was an experienced head:
Excellent recruitment again @BarnsleyFC all of his year and a half experience in a completely different league will serve us well…..????
— James Goodale (@JamesGoodale) June 6, 2018
Disappointed about not signing mick McCarthy even as he’s a free agent don’t know this Daniel Stendel and feeing is he’s gone before end of season by this time the amount of money wasted in last 2 managers could have gone towards McCarthy ,but the new guy does get my support ????????
— Kevin Mackey (@K1ngsOfK1ngs) June 6, 2018
— Neil Kilner (@NeilKilner) June 6, 2018
Stendel’s inaction in the transfer window did little to help his case among the fans either, who saw their current squad as incapable of achieving the task at hand.
But the 44-year-old decided that the worst thing he could do was shake things up with a host of new signings, bringing in just six new faces.
That decision has been emphatically vindicated by the club’s start to the current campaign.
Not bringing in many new faces seems to have empowered those players already at the club and it has really got the best out of them.
Brad Potts, Mamadou Thiam and Kieffer Moore have seen the most notable improvements in attack whilst the defence looks like a completely different beast to last season.
The Tykes currently sit third in the League One table and look set to be well in the promotion chase for the rest of the campaign, proving that experience can often be very overrated.