Daniel Stendel has applied to become the new manager of Sunderland as the club search for Phil Parkinson’s successor.
The Black Cats decided to remove Parkinson from his position last week after a mixed start to the campaign, and they are now on the hunt for his replacement.
So far, there have been a host of names linked with the vacancy and the Sunderland Echo have today confirmed that Stendel has formally applied for the role.
It remains to be seen whether the German will land the job, although he certainly has a CV that will appeal to the prospective new owners that will make the decision.
That’s because Stendel won promotion with Barnsley from League One in his first season in English football. Not only did he bring success to Oakwell, but the fans enjoyed the passion he showed on the touchline, how he embraced the community and the style of play.
However, since leaving the Tykes, Stendel had a tough spell with Hearts, as they were relegated from the Scottish Premiership last season. Despite that failure, it should be noted that he took over mid-season and the campaign was cut short, with the Jambos sent down on a points per game basis.
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Stendel has been linked with the Sunderland job before and you can see why he has applied as the Wearside outfit are a huge club with massive potential.
You can also see why Stendel is going to appeal to the key figures at the Stadium of Light, as he has won promotion, plays attractive football and be the sort of personality to engage a frustrated fan base.
So, this would be an appointment that makes sense, but there will be several other good candidates in the mix for the job.
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