Daniel Stendel has been linked with a return to football, the former Hearts manager thought to be a contender for the Portsmouth job (The News).

The English League One club are looking for a new manager after Kenny Jackett left the club over the weekend. Portsmouth currently sit two points outside a promotion play-off place but have won one of their last eight matches.

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Jackett has left Portsmouth. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

Pompey have now ‘sounded out’ former Hearts manager Stendel about taking the role until the end of the season. But it is thought that the German coach is unwilling to sign a short-term deal. There is interest in the ex-Jambos boss elsewhere too.

French club Nancy are believed to be keen while there are suitors in Stendel’s homeland also. He has experience in taking a club out of League One, guiding Barnsley out the division before his move to Hearts.

Stendel hasn’t been in work since leaving Gorgie last summer, where his reign was short-lived. He took over at Hearts following the departure of Craig Levein but could not prevent Hearts sliding back into the Championship after the 2019/20 Scottish Premiership season was brought to a premature end.

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Daniel Stendel time? (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

The Portsmouth-linked boss was keen to stay for the Championship title push but Hearts owner Ann Budge triggered a break clause in his contract that allowed the Jambos to bring Robbie Neilson back to Edinburgh from Dundee United.

Dale Tonge was Stendel’s assistant manager at Hearts and he is keen for a move to Portsmouth, should an opportunity arise. He said on Twitter: “Outstanding club and fans, I’d walk there.”

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