“The smell of beef has been wafting from Edinburgh to Oakwell this week,” said Matt Davies-Adams on this week’s Totally Football League Show, and it very much has, with ex-Barnsley and new Hearts manager Daniel Stendel HITTING BACK at his former club via his Facebook page.
Barnsley were seemingly irked that Stendel had taken up new employment while they were still haggling over his severance pay and that he held talks with another Championship club while he was still at Oakwell.
“You could see there was something more to it [his departure in October] because he was popular with the fans,” said David Preece. “He’d done a great job getting them up [from League One] in the first place so you’d think he would’ve been given the chance do keep them up this year.”
Adrian Clarke thinks there’s a whiff of hypocrisy and nonsense about Barnsley’s stance.
“Is there a football club out there that’s virtuous, who will never speak to another manager when they’re trying to replace their manager? Are they trying to convince us they wouldn’t talk to somebody else? I think it’s double standards and I think Barnsley need to grow up – they sacked him!
“It’s a little bit unclassy: Stendel did a sensational job getting Barnsley up, then they sold his best players, pulled the rug from beneath him then sacked him. It seems like they’re trying to grab a few pennies back. My advice would be to let it go, let him progress in his career and you concentrate on staying up.”
And as David Preece reminded us, this is familiar territory for the Tykes.
“They did the same with Paul Heckinbottom – he got them out from a woeful position in League One, then every summer there was a total rebuild. It’s OK if you’ve got a model you trust your recruitment to get new players in, younger players from lower down the pyramid, developing and selling them on – that’s fine.
“But there’s got to be a point where you decide whether you’re trying to make money in a business model or whether you’re trying to get some [on-pitch] success – or at least get some stability in the Championship so they can build on that. Have a couple of years of that, then start the process again, and you’re then looking for a different level of player.”
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