Preston are still on a high from Saturday’s 5-1 win over Barnsley, but Daniel Stendel certainly isn’t.
The German watched his Tykes side slip to a thrashing at Deepdale, even though Barnsley were actually level at 1-1 at half time. With Cameron McGeechan cancelling out Daniel Johnson’s opener, Stendel had seen a first Tykes away goal this season.
It all fell apart in the second half though. Tom Barkhuizen put North End back in front, Johnson added his second and Preston’s third before Ben Pearson and Josh Harrop rounded off a thumping win.
Barnsley were hapless in the second half, and sit second bottom of the Championship table. With one win in 11 games and just eight goals scored, Barnsley have been struggling – and now, change is coming.
Barnsley have this morning confirmed that Stendel has left Oakwell, parting ways with the German. Their statement was remarkably blunt, merely saying they ‘separated’ with Stendel and appointed Adam Murray as caretaker.
The announcement was very short for a manger who guided Barnsley back to the Championship last season. Formerly of Hannover, Stendel has won 31 of his 66 games in charge of the club, giving fans an exciting brand of football too.
Fans aren’t exactly happy with the lack of appreciation Barnsley have shown, and you now have to really worry about the Tykes. They’re really struggling for wins, and their summer business really hasn’t panned out.
They simply lost too many players from their promotion-winning side. Adam Davies, Ethan Pinnock, Liam Lindsay and Kieffer Moore all left the club, and boy do they miss them.
Barnsley went for youth to replace them; Bradley Collins, Mads Juel Anderson, Aapol Halme, Bambo Diaby, Toby Sibbick and Patrick Schmidt were among the arrivals, with little Championship experience there.
Stendel looks to have been failed by the Barnsley board, and it won’t be long until he’s back in a job. For now though, North End have taken another managerial casualty, with has become a common situation over the years.