Leeds United's Championship rivals appoint new head coach after play-off disappointment

Leeds United's Yorkshire neighbours Hull City have finally appointed a new head coach. Tim Walter has today been unveiled as the Tigers new boss - more than three weeks after Liam Rosenior was sacking after failing to lead the club into the Championship play-offs.

The German has penned a three-year contract and will officially take over at the MKM Stadium on July 1, subject to obtaining a visa. Walter has been out of work since leaving Hamburg last February.

Walter has managed almost 200 matches in his homeland and boasts a win ratio of 50.25%, averaging nearly two goals per game.

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Hull City 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!”

Speaking exclusively to our sister title 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."