Hearts face a fight to convince Daniel Stendel to replace Craig Levein as head coach, with a report stating that he'd rather stay in England.

The German has been interviewed for the job at Tynecastle, and is currently the odds-on favourite to be the next man in the dugout.

He's still under contract at Barnsley and Hearts would have to pay compensation, but owner Ann Budge has previously made clear that would not be an issue.

According to the Sun though the Jambos will have to push the boat out to get Stendel as his preference is to find another job in England.

Stendel guided Barnsley to promotion last season

After being sacked by the Tykes just months after leading them to promotion, the 45-year-old is determined to prove his worth south of the border.

To do so he may be willing to take the rest of the season off after being place on gardening leave by Barnsley.

Austin MacPhee will take the team for Saturday's trip to Kilmarnock but his own position at the club remains unclear.

Record Sport understands Ann Budge has yet to begin interviewing for the sporting director job, a role which has been newly created after Levein left his role as director of football following his removal as manager.

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