Hull City confirm ex-Hamburg chief Tim Walter as new head coach

Tim Walter is the new boss at Hull City
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Hull City have confirmed Tim Walter as the club's new manager almost a month after the departure of Liam Rosenior, who was relieved of his duties at the end of the Championship campaign.

Walter had been in negotiations with City owner Acun Ilicali and vice-chairman Tan Kesler since the days after Rosenior's 78-game tenure was brought to a sudden end following the 1-0 final-day defeat at Plymouth Argyle, and now negotiations have been finalised with Walter agreeing a three-year deal at the MKM Stadium.

The new manager will begin his tenure in charge at City on July 1 subject to international clearance. The German boss, who previously worked at Bayern Munich's academy under Pep Guardiola before moving into senior management with Holstein Kiel and then Stuttgart before spending two-and-a-half years at Hamburg, has been out of work since leaving the Volksparkstadion in February.

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Julian Hübner, Walter's long-term assistant boss will join the new-look backroom staff at the MKM Stadium with club legend Andy Dawson remaining at City and working with the 48-year-old.

Walter will begin work on July 1st and set about adding to his squad ahead of the start of pre-season training with City needing as many as 10 new players after seeing a flurry of players move on, while their six loanees returned to their respective parent clubs.

Speaking exclusively to Hull Live about the appointment, City vice-chairman Tan Kesler said the attack-minded style was one of the key reasons Walter was the club's number one choice.

"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," Kesler explained. "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.

"I think he will create that variety that we're looking for in our game. The chairman wants entertaining football, he wants fans to enjoy it, and he wants to see fans coming back and feel the excitement and enjoyment in the MKM Stadium which we need as well.

"If you remember the Ipswich game, the momentum, the energy in the stadium from our fans was exceptional and what we wanted to achieve for two years. Our playing style, sometimes at home, fell a little flat and we think Tim will give us that little edge to us."

The ex-Bayern academy chief will get his first taste of seeing his new squad in action when the Tigers head out to Turkey for their 10-day warm weather training camp in early July, before returning to England for their domestic games prior to the opening weekend of the Championship season in mid-August, with City finding out the makeup of their campaign when the fixtures are released at 9am on June 26.

Hull City Chairman Acun Ilıcalı added: “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!”

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