Bristol City's Championship rivals appoint German manager as former Robin's replacement

-Credit: (Image: Maja Hitij/Getty Images)
-Credit: (Image: Maja Hitij/Getty Images)

Hull City have appointed German manager Tim Walter as their new head coach after sacking former Bristol City player Liam Rosenior at the end of last season.

Despite being nominated for Championship manager of the season, Rosenior was relieved of his duties earlier this month after the Tigers missed out on the play-offs by three points. The 39-year-old also signed a three-year contract in December but losing out on sixth place to Norwich City after two transfer windows of heavy investment saw the young coach lose his job.

In Walter, Hull have opted for a coach who hasn't managed outside of his homeland of Germany but has an intriguing CV which boasts none other than Bayern Munich. The 48-year-old was a coach in Bayern's academy during Pep Guardiola's reign before making the jump into senior management in the German second tier with Holstein Keil and then Stuttgart before spending the last three years at Hamburg.

The German sleeping giants have finished the last three campaigns third, third and fourth as a return to the Bundesliga after six years continues to evade them with Walter leaving in February.

On the appointment, Hull Chairman Acun Ilıcalı said: “Tim was always our first choice. 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. I wish him the very best of luck!”

The Robins took four points off of Hull last season via a 1-1 draw at the MKM Stadium and a 3-2 win at Ashton Gate just before Christmas but the Tigers will certainly see this year as a good opportunity to get promoted back into the Premier League having been relegated in 2017.

The promotions of Leicester City, Ipswich Town and Southampton should leave the Championship more wide open with the trio and play-off runners up Leeds United miles ahead of the rest of the division last term.