Acun Ilicali throws down the gauntlet to new Hull City head coach Tim Walter

Owner Acun Ilicali has challenged new Hull City boss Tim Walter to lead the club into the Championship play-offs next season. Walter has succeeded Liam Rosenior at the helm and will officially take charge of the Tigers on July 1, subject to the German coach obtaining a visa.

The 48-year-old left Hamburg earlier this year, having previously taken charge of Stuttgart and Holstein Kiel. He departed Hamburg with a 49 per cent win ratio.

City chairman licali said Walter always their "first choice" to take over the reins from Rosenior. He is confident Walter is the "perfect coach" to implement an "entertaining, attacking" brand of football as the Tigers bid to build on their seventh-placed finish last term.

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"Our first target is to play good football," Ilicali told Sky Sports. "After that, like every Championship team, our aim is to go to the play-offs and promotion.

"But first of all, you have to build a good philosophy of football. You have to play good football and entertain the fans. You want them to enjoy it.

"If everything happens like this, then of course the result will be the play-offs."

Walter's backroom staff is expected to be finalised in the coming days. Turkish businessman Ilicali told the club's website: "We had many strong applicants and wanted to be thorough in our recruitment process, but it quickly became clear that Tim was the outstanding candidate.

“Our discussions were detailed and productive in planning for this season and I am encouraged about how we can work together to the benefit of our club.

“I believe in Tim's philosophy and, in doing so, I am hopeful that over the forthcoming season he can continue our positive progress and upward trajectory.”