Barnsley and Daniel Stendel bid farewell with a round of tequila shots

Former Barnsley manager Daniel Stendel drank shots of tequila with the club's fans to say goodbye.

Thursday, 10th October 2019, 4:18 pm
Updated Thursday, 10th October 2019, 6:47 pm
Former Barnsley manager Daniel Stendel

A memorable spell in charge at Oakwell ended earlier this week when the German parted company with the Reds after a poor start to the season.

It came less than 150 days after he guided them to League One promotion as an unknown coach in his first year in English football.

And fans did not lay the blame for the club's difficult start to life back in the Championship, which has seen them go on a 10-game winless run, at his door.

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Stendel was a popular figure, partly for the way he integrated into life in the South Yorkshire town and he went to the Garrison pub to say farewell along with assistant Chris Stern.

Hundreds of fans sang his name, chanted disparaging things about the club's board and urged the German to partake in drinking shots.

Although there were tensions with the club's board of the recruitment policy, Stendel was clearly not expecting to leave his position, even after the 5-1 thumping at Preston last week.

The 45-year-old was open to bringing in free transfers in order to add experience to his young squad struggling with the rigours of Championship football.

“We need to talk about the situation and find out what is best for this club,” he had said at Deepdale. “We will then decide what is the best way to play with the same squad. We need patience for the next games

"I know it is not easy and also for the supporters to accept that sometimes we have performances like that. But we want to improve and play better.”