Barnsley co-chairman Paul Conway has hit out at Hearts over a ‘tampering’ issue.

The Tykes have written to Hearts demanding money as they pursue Daniel Stendel. The German is in line to become the new Jambos boss after the sacking of Craig Levein.

Stendel is a Hearts target. (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)

Stendel was relieved of his duties at Oakwell in October but still remains on the club payroll. A severance package has not been agreed between both parties and now Conway is accusing Hearts of creating a ‘tampering issue.’

“We still have a valid contract with Daniel Stendel until the end of the season,” Conway told the Scottish Daily Mail (backpage, 03/12/19). “There is already a tampering issue with us concerning his existing contract.

“And if anybody else is tampering with our rights, we are going to expect compensation. Hearts have our letter and we have notified them and, if they want to hire Daniel, that’s fine, that’s their choice.

Not happy. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

“But they either pay us now or we will file a claim against them. And if any club wants to fight it, we will win.”

Conway unhappy over Hearts situation

The report goes on to claim that Hearts are willing to shell out a significant sum for the German. That doesn’t seem to take away the unhappiness Conway is feeling over the situation.

Regardless, it still looks as if Hearts are edging closer to their man. Stendel will look to bring Chris Stern and Dale Tonge with him to Gorgie, two trusted members of his backroom staff.

Getting the band back together. (Photo by Andrew Kearns – CameraSport via Getty Images)

A deal is all but done for Stendel and now fans await an official announcement from the club to fully realise this news. They’re currently sitting joint-bottom of the Premiership after two wins in 15 league games.

Conway doesn’t sound happy with the manner in which Hearts have reportedly got their man though.

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