The German has been offered the chance to become the new Jambos boss (BBC). He would be Craig Levein’s successor, who was sacked back in October.
Another Edinburgh boss who faced the chop this season was Heckingbottom. The Yorkshireman was axed after a poor run of form at Hibs.
Stendel has turned to the former Hibee though for advice and Heckingbottom told the Scottish Sun what he said: “I met Daniel at a football writers’ dinner last week. I don’t know him, but it was nice to have a chat — and let’s just say he was keen to find out about Scottish football and my own experience in Edinburgh.
“I was happy to help and I told him how much I enjoyed it. I liked the intensity of the game up there and the feel of the games from the fans. He didn’t give too much away about his future. But he was certainly interested enough to quiz me.
“Edinburgh’s a great football city. But you can’t be anything less than 100 per cent committed to the job — Hibs and Hearts are major clubs — or underestimate Scottish football. I told Daniel that and I will keep a close eye on how he does if he does go to Hearts.”
A big job for Stendel
Stendel led Barnsley to Championship promotion last season before a ten-game winless run got him the sack in October. He could be set for a quick return to management with Hearts.
He’s relatively inexperienced, with his only managerial stint outwith his spell at Barnsley coming at Hannover 96. The German was sacked after 17 wins out of 34 games.
His job at Hearts will be a big one. They’re in dire need of some positive results, having won just two of their first 15 league games. Their Premiership position of tenth also doesn’t make for pretty reading.
Fans are eagerly awaiting an announcement that unveils Stendel’s Gorgie arrival.