First Team

Daniel: My team will Gegenpress

10th December 2019

Daniel Stendel has outlined the way he wants his Hearts team to play football.

The new manager starts life at Tynecastle this morning and will meet his staff and players before taking training for the first time.

He sat down last night with HeartsTV to discuss his arrival in Gorgie and confirmed that the high press – or gegenpressing – is the way he wants the Jambos to play.

“In England I said ‘counter press’ a lot of times,” he said. “We want to win games and when you want to win games you need the ball.

“When we lose the ball the best thing we can do is win the ball again. This is the idea from gegenpressing and we will do it.

“Then, I hope, we have more chances and we have a good game and the people who come and watch our games like it and we have more success.”


The German penned a two and a half year deal to take over as manager and he admits that having the trust of owner Ann Budge was one of the biggest attractions to the job.

"One big point is I can feel the trust from Ann,” he said. “We talked for a long time, and you need a long time, and there was a feeling that they want me for this club.

“I like intensity football and I know the club before. I hope that I can help.

“For me, also, a big thing is that I’ve heard a lot of things from the supporters and I hope that we can be as a unit for the next time, for the next game, for the next two and a half years, and we have a good time here.”

Daniel’s interview is available to watch in full on HeartsTV by clicking here.