Daniel Stendel is a German professional football manager and former player. Stendel played as a striker in his native Germany, spending most of his playing career with Hannover 96, who he later managed. He then had a stint as manager of Barnsley, helping them win promotion to the Championship in his only full season before he was sacked in October 2019. He was appointed manager of Scottish club Heart of Midlothian in December 2019. Hearts were relegated after the curtailed 2019–20 season, and Stendel was replaced as manager in June 2020. Stendel was not unemployed for long however as in May 2021 he was appointed manager of AS Nancy on a 2 year contract.