Sunderland have made contact with Daniel Stendel over their managerial vacancy.
The Black Cats are in the hunt for a new manager after sacking Jack Ross yesterday and could turn to the German boss, as per a report by the Chronicle Live.
Stendel parted company with Barnsley earlier this week after a poor start to their Championship season and could be set for an immediate return to the dugout.
Other candidates for the vacant Black Cats job are Wycombe Wanderers’ Gareth Ainsworth, Wigan Athletic’s Paul Cook and Kevin Phillips.
Stendel, who is 45 years-old, took charge of Barnsley in June 2018 following their relegation from the Championship having previously managed in the Bundesliga with Hannover 96.
He guided the Tykes to promotion from League One at the first time of asking after they finished 2nd behind Luton Town.
Stendel became a hit with the Barnsley faithful with his side adopting his attacking and attractive style of football.
However, after a series of poor signings over the summer after their promotion to the second tier, the Yorkshire side have struggled this season and are currently 23rd in the league having won just once in 11 matches.
He did a good job with them last season and deserves another shot somewhere, especially after getting the Tykes’ highest ever points haul in League One last term (91). Sunderland’s target is promotion this term and Stendel is a man who knows how to do it.