Sunderland chief Stewart Donald confirms axed Barnsley boss Daniel Stendel is in line to replace Jack Ross

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.

Sunderland chief Stewart Donald confirms axed Barnsley boss Daniel Stendel is in line to replace Jack Ross1 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.”

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