Dale Tonge has reunited with Daniel Stendel at Hearts after the German made him the most recent addition to his backroom employees at Tynecastle. The pair loved success collectively at earlier membership Barnsley as Tonge assisted Stendel in main the Tykes to computerized promotion from League One to the Championship. Tonge was solely promoted to the primary crew duties at Oakwell final January, however impressed Stendel sufficient together with his work as Below-16 coach with the intention to get an sudden promotion. The ex-Barnsley participant did plenty of evaluation work with Stendel’s squad, together with sending particular person clips to gamers’ telephones as no stone was left unturned by way of preparation. He would additionally act as Stendel’s communicator on match days, relaying messages from an analyst within the stand through an ear piece to the gamers on the pitch, relatively than having Stendel shout in his nonetheless bettering English. Learn Extra
Tonge’s days on the membership have been numbered after Stendel was sacked in October final yr. He continued briefly underneath caretaker boss Adam Murray however left the next month after substitute Gerhard Struber was appointed. The preliminary plan had been for Tonge or German assistant Chris Stern to hitch Stendel at Hearts far sooner, however an advanced contractual dispute with Barnsley meant that wasn’t potential. Stendel appointed compatriot, ex-Hannover teammate and long-time buddy Jorg Sievers as his assistant supervisor earlier this month.
And he now has one other acquainted face with him within the dugout after including Tonge, who attended Sunday’s dramatic win over Rangers at Tynecastle. “I’m wanting ahead to getting caught in,” he stated. It’s what I do, it’s what I really like doing. “I’ve clearly had that have of working with Daniel earlier than and excited to be part of it, and lucky sufficient to be a part of a membership of this stature. It’s a large honour for me. “The sport yesterday was nearly as good as I might’ve anticipated. The fashion of play, significantly, is how I establish the way in which Daniel desires to play and what he’s recognized for. The reward was the consequence towards one of many largest groups within the league. “The added bonus for me was seeing the ambiance, seeing the followers and seeing the stadium, the way it was and hopefully the way it continues to be.” Tonge’s arrival doesn’t sign the tip of Andy Kirk’s involvement with the primary crew, who will proceed to work carefully with Stendel after performing as his assistant for various weeks till Sievers was appointed.