Portsmouth face competition for ex-Barnsley boss Daniel Stendel - as length of Fratton deal becomes sticking point

Pompey face competition from AS Nancy for Daniel Stendel.

Monday, 15th March 2021, 4:44 pm

The News understands the French Ligue 2 club are keen on offering the former Barnsley boss a way back into football.

Co-owned by Barnsley stakeholder Chien Lee, the eighth-placed club already have a manager in Jean-Louis Garcia, so have tabled a coaching role to Stendel.

Crucially, it represents a long-term deal, contrasting with Pompey’s stance.

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However, the possibility of just 13 matches in charge on a short-team contract until the season’s end is not viewed favourably and remains a sticking point.

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Regardless, negotiations are ongoing, and it is understood Stendel remains keen on joining Pompey, bringing with him his trusted number two Dale Tonge.

Former Barnsley boss Daniel Stendel has spoken to Pompey over their manager's job, yet length of contract remains an issue. Picture: Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

The 35-year-old has previously served as Stendel’s assistant at Barnsley and Hearts.

Alternatively, he could bring in a caretaker for a 13-game assault on the League One play-offs.

Stendel, who has been out of work since leaving Hearts in June following their relegation to the Scottish Championship, has previously been linked to German second tier side VfL Osnabrück.

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