Barnsley have appointed former Hannover manager Daniel Stendel as their new head coach.
The Frankfurt-born 44-year-old, who also made almost 200 appearances for the German Club in a 14-year career as a player, has signed a two-year contract and will start work with the Reds when the players report back for pre-season training on July first.
He took over as manager of Hannover in April 2016, initially as caretaker, and although he failed to keep them in the Bundesliga – they were already struggling when he accepted the role – he impressed sufficiently to be offered a two-year contract that summer.
However, he and assistant Marcus Gellhaus left in March 2017 after the club dropped out of the second tier promotion places, despite a record of 13 wins and seven draws in 25 league games in charge, giving him a 54% win ratio overall.
Speaking on the Oakwell Club’s official website Stendel said: “I am very happy to join Barnsley Football Club and I am excited to get going. I am ready to meet the players and fans during pre-season.
“Over the last couple of days I got the feeling that the responsible people within the club have the same vision about playing the game as I have. I get the overall feeling that everything is fitting together, we’re all thinking in the same direction, and that was a main reason for me signing.
“I’ve got the view that the way in which I want to reach success is mirrored by the people in charge. That is really important and made my decision an easy one.
“It’s really important to want to be successful, but if you only want to be and don’t have a plan of how to be, it won’t work. At Barnsley there is a plan; that is very clear, and it becomes a pathway to success.”
Commenting on the appointment Chief Executive Gauthier Ganaye enthused: “We’ve identified that the counter-press has been used by the most successful teams in the world and Daniel is one of the best coaches at doing that.
“The whole Board of Directors at the club were involved during the process of appointing Daniel. We identified him as a candidate as he’s a coach that has a style of play that matches the mentality of the club and town. It’s attacking with flair and high intensity designed to press the opposition.
“As well as the style, Daniel has the philosophy of using and developing younger players, which fits perfectly in our model too.
“This is a new era for everyone connected to Barnsley Football Club. I look forward to Daniel moving over here and beginning his work, as well as showing his enthusiastic personality to the town.”
The goal of the new head coach, and that of the club, is to win automatic promotion back to the Championship.