Ross paid the price for a slow start to the season which culminated in a 2-0 defeat to Lincoln City on Saturday, a result which leaves the Black Cats sixth in the table and eight points off the top heading into the October international break.
Sunderland will hope to have a new head coach in charge by the time they return to action later this month and Stendel’s availability will surely appeal.
The charismatic German knows what it takes to succeed in League One, having guided Barnsley to automatic promotion last season. His Tykes side finished second behind Luton Town, picking up 91 points and scoring 80 goals in the process.
The 45-year-old, whose only other managerial role came back in Germany with Hannover, helped the likes of Alex Mowatt, George Moncur and Cauley Woodrow live up to their potential in 2018/19 and he would surely be rubbing his hands together at the prospect of transforming a talented Sunderland team whose performances do not reflect the quality in the ranks.
With Stendel interested in taking over at the Stadium of Light, this is an option the club will surely consider.
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