Stendel’s influence to run right through Barnsley

Chief Executive Gauthier Ganaye. Picture Scott Merrylees
Chief Executive Gauthier Ganaye. Picture Scott Merrylees
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Chief Executive Gauthier Ganaye has revealed he wants Barnsley’s Academy to mirror the philosophy of Daniel Stendel’s first team.

Stendel is planning to implement the high-octane German style of play which has yielded success for compatriots Jurgen Klopp and David Wagner in England.

The Reds have a tried and trusted system of bringing players off the Oakwell conveyor-belt and selling them for a profit.

England World Cup goal scorer John Stones, Everton defender Mason Holgate and Aston Villa wing-back James Bree all started their budding careers at the Reds before moving on.

The likes of Dylan Mottley-Henry and Jared Bird made their first-team debuts after impressing in the U23s last term.

Stendel has promised the Barnsley faithful attacking football and Ganaye revealed: “It was clear in our vision that we were going to find a head coach who would also help to implement a style of play which could be mirrored by our academy, so obviously this is something we would like to set up.

“However, Daniel has already stated that the only way where the academy will mirror the first team is if the first team is successful so that needs to happen first.

“If everyone can see this style of football is successful then everyone below will follow them.

“Under 18s and Under 23s isn’t about results, it’s about how we are going to play for someone, hopefully more, to develop through the system and be ready to help the first team at the right time.

“We have a lot of our players playing up age divisions, so we see one of the youngest teams in the league at both U18s and U23s. We have had success doing that by winning matches, but success is monitored on players developing at that level.”

The boss previously managed the U19s during his time at Hannover 96, so he knows what it takes to get the best out of young players.

Stendel begins his reign at Oakwell next Monday and will meet his players for the first time as he looks to assemble his squad for a promotion assault.

It will be Stendel’s first taste of English football with his only other managerial stint coming at Hannover, where he won 15 of his 28 games in charge.