Former Barnsley boss Daniel Stendel has applied for the vacant Sunderland job.
The German is out of work having left Hearts earlier in the year, after the Jambos were relegated from the Scottish Premiership in controversial fashion.
Prior to that, Stendel excelled with Barnsley, guiding them to promotion from League One in his first season in English football. As well as taking the club up, fans loved the high-intensity football that he got the team playing.
So, he has pedigree at this level and the Sunderland Echo have revealed that the 46-year-old wants to be the man to succeed Phil Parkinson at the Stadium of Light.
Despite his success, it’s fair to say news of Stendel’s interest in the job prompted a mixed response from the support.
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Whilst some feel he could have the personality and ability to turn things around, others have concerns. Here we look at some of the reaction from Twitter…
— Jack Moyes. (@1879JJMoyes) December 1, 2020
— newby08 🏴 (@newby08) December 1, 2020
He can do one as well. Back to the plodders it is then
— Soup Legs (@2ndoneout) December 1, 2020
Get in my choice 3 managers ago go for it safc
— Jeff angus (@Jeffangus12) December 1, 2020
Passionate man. When he left Barnsley he went back and went and had beers with the fans. They loved him
— Neil Routledge (@Neiljrout12) December 1, 2020
— Jonny punk ♠️ (@jonnypunk1965) December 1, 2020
I think this would be a good move.
– Passionate and seems like a character.
– Had Barnsley playing good football.
-Still up and coming.
-Could see him doing well and fans buying into it.
-Polar opposites to Parky etc. Who drained the life out of you.
— Jon (@Hizzit) December 1, 2020