The German has been out of work since the Jambos’ relegation to the Scottish Championship earlier this year. Sunderland are now hunting for a new manager after sacking Phil Parkinson in the last week.
Plenty of names have been tipped for the role, former Black Cats manager Gus Poyet and Danny Cowley strongly linked. But Stendel has reportedly declared his desire to take over in Wearside.
It’s said that Stendel has gone as far as applying for the role at the Stadium of Light as Sunderland look to escape League One.
He does have experience in England’s third tier, beating Sunderland to promotion in second place while manager of Barnsley in the 2018/19 season, current Hibs manager Jack Ross in the Stadium of Light dugout at the time.
Stendel has also had experience of managing Hannover 96 in his native Germany.