Sacked Barnsley boss Stendel necks tequila shot as he drinks with adoring fans after dismissal

Daniel Stendel Barnsley
The popular German was the recipient of a leaving party at a local pub following his departure, five months after guiding them to promotion

Former Barnsley manager Daniel Stendel signed off his time with the Championship outfit by having a drink with supporters following his dismissal earlier this week.

The German was sacked by the Tykes after earning just one win from the club's first 11 games of the new league season.

He was dismissed after a 5-1 defeat to Preston North End ahead of the international break that leaves Barnsley just one place off the bottom in the second tier of English football.

The 45-year-old was appointed to the position in June last year, succeeding Jose Morais, and subsequently guided them to automatic promotion from League One in his first campaign at the helm.

The former Hannover 96 boss was a popular figure at Oakwell and shared a warm relationship with the fans, with many voicing their admiration for him following his exit from the club.

And on Wednesday night, in a show of appreciation, Stendel and assistant Chris Stern were treated to a leaving party by supporters at the Garrison pub in the town.

A video later emerged on social media of Stendel drinking a tequila shot as he accepted the adulation from the Barnlsey fans.

The 45-year-old previously visited the Garrison with supporters after they achieved promotion back in April, and spoke on Wednesday about the connection he has forged with the locals during his 16-month spell in south Yorkshire.

"It's been a very emotional time for me," he told the Barnsley Chronicle. "What a lot of people have said to me is this - 'once a Red, always a Red'."

During Barnsley's run to promotion from League One, Stendel never saw his side drop lower than seventh in a commanding 2018-19 campaign, while he came close to an FA Cup scalp as Burnley needed an injury-time penalty to win that third-round tie back in January.

He has already been tipped to return to management in England, with reports suggesting that Sunderland will look to appoint him following the sacking of Jack Ross at the Stadium of Light.