‘We are going to expect compensation’: Barnsley demand money from Hearts as they prepare to appoint Daniel Stendel as manager
- The German is poised to put pen to paper on a deal to succeed Craig Levein
- Tynecastle owner Ann Budge hopes to have the 45-year-old signed this week
- Despite being relieved of his duties, Daniel Stendel is still on Barnsley’s payroll
Barnsley have written to Hearts demanding money for the appointment of Daniel Stendel.
The German is poised to put pen to paper on a deal to succeed Craig Levein. And Tynecastle owner Ann Budge hopes to have the 45-year-old signed and sealed before Wednesday night’s home league clash with Livingston.
Despite being relieved of his duties in October, however, Stendel is still on the payroll of the Championship club.
Barnsley have written to Hearts demanding money for the appointment of Daniel Stendel
And with the two parties yet to agree a final severance package, Barnsley chief executive Paul Conway has contacted Hearts seeking compensation in return for releasing Stendel.
‘We still have a valid contract with Daniel Stendel until the end of the season,’ Conway told Sportsmail on Monday. ‘There is already a tampering issue with us concerning his existing contract.
‘And if anybody else is tampering with our rights, we are going to expect compensation.’ Conway admitted Hearts have yet to respond – but insisted that he will take legal action to pursue the matter if necessary.
‘Hearts have our letter and we have notified them and, if they want to hire Daniel, that’s fine, that’s their choice,’ said the Oakwell chief. ‘But they either pay us now or we will file a claim against them. And if any club wants to fight it, we will win.’
With Stendel keen to bring in trusted coaches Chris Stern and Dale Tonge, the Edinburgh club are prepared to commit a significant sum to securing the former Hannover 96 coach. And neither the wage bill nor the possibility of a compensation claim are regarded as last minuet deal-breakers.
The German is poised to put pen to paper on a deal to succeed Craig Levein at Hearts
Five weeks since the departure of Levein, Budge has been under pressure to secure her No 1 choice after a dispiriting 5-0 defeat to Rangers at Ibrox on Sunday. And Sportsmail understands a deal is all but done.
Currently tenth in the Premiership, only goal difference is keeping the Gorgie side above the bottom two of St Mirren and St Johnstone. It’s unclear if interim coach Austin MacPhee will be in the technical area for the last time on Wednesday night.
Former Hearts defender Alan McLaren said his old club are in a ‘mess’ and that the managerial uncertainty needs a swift resolution.
‘I am surprised how long it has taken,’ said McLaren. ‘They obviously made a decision that Craig was going to be relieved of his duties and, at that point, a plan should have been place.
‘Austin has stepped up and it’s not worked out for him so far.
‘A three and five-nil defeat, and if this is his audition then, no (he’s not a viable candidate for the job). That’s it.
‘The manager’s role, or first-team coach, has to be addressed but by all accounts you have to do the sporting director first and everyone has sort of forgotten about that.
‘It is in a bit of a mess at this present moment in time.’ Meanwhile, Manchester City held talks with Hearts owner Budge last week with a view to signing teenage star Aaron Hickey.
The 17-year-old full-back has been one of Hearts’ better performers this season, scoring the winner in their derby victory over Hibs in September.
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