Hull City's Championship rivals set to make surprise managerial appointment

One of Hull City's Championship rivals are close to appointing a new boss. Norwich City, who pipped the Tigers to the final play-off berth in the 2023/24 season, are in talks to bring FC Nordsjaelland manager Johannes Hoff Thorup to Carrow Road.

The Dane is poised to replace David Wagner, who was sacked a day after their Championship play-off semi-final defeat defeat to Leeds United, as head coach. It is understood the Canaries are hopeful of unveiling Thorup as their new boss by the end of the week.

Thorup has been in charge of Danish top-flight side Nordsjaelland since January 2023. The 35-year-old led them to a second-place finish in 2022/23 term to earn a spot in the qualifying rounds of the Europa Conference League.

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Thorup then guided Nordsjaelland to group stage of the European competition and oversaw a fourth-place finish in the Danish Superliga table. Nordsjaelland will be owed compensation for Thorup. Former Reims head coach Will Still and ex-AZ Alkmaar manager Pascal Jansen were two other managers who were said to be under serious consideration for the role.

Thorup has previously admitted he would be open to moving abroad at some stage in his career. "At one point or another it can be fun to try another league, country and another culture," Thorup told Danish outlet SN.

"But it must really be an exciting project, because it really takes a lot to beat this, I would say. It's not something I've given much thought to. But at some point, it could well be exciting. I also know this world, and I am not always the master of it myself. Sometimes it goes fast. Other times not so strong.

"I can't just say that I'll stay here for 10 years either - there are also some others who must think it's a good idea.

"I am hopefully only at the beginning of it all, and I hope that I will continue to see things that I can develop about myself. I don't believe that at any point I say that now I know what I need to know."

City, who are in the process of appointing Tim Walter as their new boss, finished seventh in the regular league table, three points shy of the Canaries.