'A bit like Klopp' - Who is Hull City next manager candidate Tim Walter

Former Hamburg manager Tim Walter
Former Hamburg manager Tim Walter -Credit:Maja Hitij/Getty Images

Hull City have identified former Hamburg and Stuttgart manager Tim Walter as one potential candidate to replace Liam Rosenior, who was sacked on Tuesday.

Rosenior was informed by owner Acun Ilicali yesterday that his contract would be terminated after City failed to reach the Championship playoffs following defeat to Plymouth Argyle. Ilicali since admitted that it was a difficult decision but the search was firmly on for a new manager.

Hull Live understands Tigers want to conclude this search promptly to allow whoever the new manager is to have the full summer to build their squad. Walter is admired by Ilicali after leaving his role at Hamburg in February with the club fourth in Bundesliga 2 and is one of the men currently being considered.

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With that in mind, we have taken a closer look at who Walter is and what has been said about him.

Who are his previous clubs?

The 48-year-old had a modest career in Germany playing for SG Dielheim, ASV Durlach and eventually ending his career at FC Heidelsheim. Throughout his career, he was deployed as an attacking midfielder.

His managerial career has been more notable though. In 2006, Walter joined Karlsruhe as assistant manager for the U19s before advancing through their youth ranks to manage their U19s in 2014.

He lasted a year in that role before moving to Bayern Munich where he spent two years as their U17s manager before spending a year as the head coach of their second team. Notable former managers of Bayern II include Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag and ex-Manchester City defender and current River Plate head coach Martin Demichelis.

Walter would depart Munich for his first senior managerial role at Holstein Kiel where he would spend only one season before being poached by Stuttgart. This move would be ill-fated as he was sacked just before Christmas in 2019.

Having spent a couple of years out of the game, the 48-year-old was employed by Hamburg in 2021. He held this position until February of this year, leaving with the club pushing for promotion to the Bundesliga.

Jurgen Klopp comparisons

During his short stint at Stuttgart, Walter signed former Liverpool and current Cardiff City defender Nat Phillips on loan. After signing in Germany, the centre-back explained how he saw similarities between the two coaches.

"Tim Walter is a bit like Klopp," he explained. "Both of them are very positive, have fun, are passionate and dedicated, and that's great for the fans as well as for us players."