'I have a special feeling for this club' - Daniel Stendel's message to Hearts fans on wage cut

The German remains confident Hearts will stay up

By Joel Sked
Wednesday, 1st April 2020, 11:37 am
Updated Wednesday, 1st April 2020, 11:46 am

Hearts boss Daniel Stendel has admitted that he wouldn’t work for free for just any club.

The German has waived his wages during the coronavirus pandemic, advising the club to use them elsewhere, but he has only done so because of the attachment he has felt to the Tynecastle side.

Stendel is currently back in Germany after the postponement of football in Scotland until further notice.

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Daniel Stendel has admitted he has a "special feeling" for Hearts. Picture: SNS

He wants what’s best for Hearts and to try and make sure the club come out the other end of the current situation in a healthy state.

Stendel told Sky Sports: “I would not do it for every club but in the short time I’m at Hearts, the last four months, I have a special feeling for this club and also for Ann and for the work in this club.

“It’s a special situation for every club in the world but in the end we want to keep this club so it can play football again after the coronavirus.”

As has been revealed by the Evening News previously, there is a relegation clause in Stendel’s contract which allows for a parting of ways if the club drop into the Championship.

Hearts are currently four points adrift at the bottom of the Ladbrokes Premiership with eight games remaining.

The 45-year-old is confident, however, that if the final matches are played they will survive.

“The clause is not only on my side it is on the side of the club,” he said. “My goal is and was to stay up in the league. The club and I need to decide what is best for the club.

“When we have the chance to finish the league with 38 games we stay up in the league.”