AXED Barnsley boss Daniel Stendel could be in line to take over at Sunderland.
Former Black Cats striker Kevin Phillips is keen to make a sensational return to the Stadium of Light as manager to replace Jack Ross, who got the chop today.
1 Barnsley sacked Daniel Stendel following a run of 10 Championship games without a winCredit: Getty Images – Getty
But club owner Stewart Donald may be more than happy to offer German Stendel a career lifeline.
Donald said last night: “I’m sure he’ll be somebody that we’ll potentially look at. We’ve got to find our new man and got to get it right.
“I’m looking for a manager that is going to get us promoted. The remit is obvious.”
SunSport understands club legend Phillips, 46, would love to have a go in the hotseat.
The former England striker scored 130 goals in six years on Wearside.
But he is now ready to make the step up.
His former Sunderland team-mate Michael Gray tweeted: “Only one man for the job. Time to step up.”
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Sources claim Ross’ sacking was to divert attention away from Donald’s botched sale of the club to American firm MSD Partners.
Stendel’s axing — announced by Barnsley in a statement of just a single paragraph — outraged the club’s fans.
The Tykes Supporters’ Trust statement said: “We are a town and a club built on respect and hard work and this announcement does not play to those values.”