New Barnsley boss Daniel Stendel believes local lad Bobby Hassell will be vital to the club’s success during his tenure at Oakwell.
The wait for Jose Morais’ successor came to an end last week as former Hannover 96 boss Stendel was handed the reins on a two-year deal.
Little-known German gaffer Stendel brought two compatriots with him to Oakwell in the form of Andreas Winkler [Stendel’s Assistant] and Christopher Stern [First-Team Coach].
However, Stendel also wanted someone with experience in English football and the core values of the South Yorkshire club ingrained in them among his staff.
And Hassell filled the criteria perfectly, having plied his trade at Oakwell for a decade on the field before coming back as part of the Reds’ backroom staff once he retired.
The former defender started as Head of Recruitment in 2015 before taking on the Academy Manager role and will now be a key figure in Stendel’s regime as the club attempt to bounce straight back to the Championship.
Stendel said: “It’s important people here understand that I’m not coming with a bunch of German coaches to change everything.”
“I need the local guys, and I’ve already spoken with Bobby [Hassell] and I think he will have an important role in helping me within different areas.
“I haven’t worked in this league before, so I will look to gain as much knowledge from the guys inside the building as possible.
“This is a club that needs to work together and absolutely everyone can be part of this journey, we all have something to offer in this process and I want us to share our knowledge together.”