Hull City take big step closer to Tim Walter manager appointment

Tim Walter during his spell as manager of HSV -Credit:Maja Hitij/Getty Images
Tim Walter during his spell as manager of HSV -Credit:Maja Hitij/Getty Images

Hull City took another big step towards appointing Tim Walter as their new head coach after further discussions over the weekend saw his appointment move closer.

Walter, who met owner Acun Ilicali in Germany last week following the departure of Liam Rosenior on Tuesday, was with the Turkish businessman on Saturday in Monaco as the pair thrashed out their plans for the summer having already held extensive discussions with vice-chairman Tan Kesler.

The 49-year-old German boss, who managed at Bayern Munich’s famed academy before taking on the top jobs at Stuttgart and Hamburg, has been out of work since leaving HSV in February, but has been keen to work in England and is thought to be excited by the opportunity to cut his teeth on British shores with City, who finished seventh in the Championship this season, missing out on the play-offs by three points.

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City are hoping to make a formal announcement this week with Walter eager to get to work and start to put into place his place for the summer, which will need to move quickly.

The Tigers must notify their out-of-contract players whether or not they will have their deals renewed by this coming Saturday while all recruitment decisions are on hold until the new manager has been appointed and City know they cannot afford to hang around too much.

Speaking to Hull Live after fresh meetings with Walter, vice-chairman Tan Kesler explained why the club were progressing their talks with the 49-year-old after moving on from Rosenior.

"We always say that we are looking for unique coaches with unpredictability, being able to take risks and create our own culture and identity. Tim is one of the names that is on the list of strong candidates. and he is a strong candidate. He represented that (unpredictability and taking risks). During his time with Hamburg, he changed the identity of how they played. He brought the fans back to the stadium and improved the attendance just by the way he played.

"He's dominant, he fits into the way we play but it's more edgy and fits more on the offensive end of it from where we (have) played. It's improvement and progress for us. He's a great personality, he's a leader. He has experience, not in the Championship, but in the Bundesliga and 2.Bundesliga (the German second division) and he comes from a Bayern (Munich) background. He's a good candidate."