Tim Walter has already told Hull City faithful what to expect if he replaces Liam Rosenior

Tim Walter during a game between Hamburger SV and Hertha BSC at Volksparkstadion
Tim Walter during a game between Hamburger SV and Hertha BSC at Volksparkstadion -Credit:Selim Sudheimer/Getty Images

Acun Ilicali is closing in on the appointment of Tim Walter as his new manager at Hull City, a week on from Liam Rosenior's exit at the end of the Championship season.

Walter is a German coach who has managed within Bayer Munich's academy, Holstein Kiel, Stuttgart and more recently, Hamburg in Germany's 2. Bundesliga, the equivalent of the Championship.

One of the key reasons for dispensing with Liam Rosenior was Ilicali's determination to see a more attractive, positive brand of football at the MKM Stadium, where the club have worked hard to bring fans back.

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The 48-year-old German is known for his pressing game, or as it's referred to in Germany 'gegenpressing' and a desire to play football on the front foot at high intensity, rating the success of his team's performance by the amount of shots on goal and times they hit the back of the net as a good indicator.

Speaking in a previous interview, Walter highlighted his desire to see the game played in the final third of the pitch. In guiding his Hamburg side to third in the table last term, his side netted 70 goals in their 34 games, more than anyone else in the league, and his comments indicate why Ilicali has identified him as a primary target.

“I try to focus on attack," he said in an interview with 11Freunde. "Goals and scoring opportunities. How many opportunities we have is a good indication of whether we played a good game. And how often we play in a controlled manner from our own half.

"I want to be in control of the game. And I have control when the ball is in my court. That's why it's important that my players are able to play, but also be able to quickly attack if they lose the ball. I minimize risk with short passes.

"If I play a long ball that doesn't serve to shift but is just hit forward, then I have no control. The ball may land with me or it may not. The chance is 50 percent. But when I play a short pass, I keep the ball 80 or 90 per cent of the time. That's why I made it my goal to transport the ball from the back to the front into the goal."

In a time where formations dominate the conversation, Walter's response is straightforward: "The fuss with the different systems, the constant change, that's not for me. It's always in defence mode, always oriented towards the opponent."

In a nutshell, Walter is a manager who likes to attack. One who puts a big emphasis on building from the back, using his goalkeeper as a sweeper-like player, but one who is keen to move the ball forward quicker.