Tim Walter tackles Hull City goalkeeping question ahead of pre-season return

New Hull City head coach Tim Walter at the MKM Stadium
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Tim Walter refused to be drawn on the goalkeeping situation at Hull City as he prepares for the start of pre-season training a week on Monday, saying he needs to get to know his players before making any decisions.

The German replaced Liam Rosenior earlier this month and will inherit a goalkeeping group that has generated no shortage of discussion in recent weeks.

Owner Acun Ilicali held a fans' Q&A at the end of the Championship season just days after sacking Rosenior, and highlighted Ryan Allsop's form, explaining how he felt the 32-year-old former Derby County and Cardiff City stopper should have been taken out of the team and given a rest.

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Allsop's form coupled with Rosenior's decision not to give January signing Ivor Pandur a chance created some friction between owner and manager, and it's a situation Walter will need to manage carefully when he officially takes over on July 1.

Allsop last night departed for Birmingham City, but £1.5m signing Pandur the Croatian Under-21 international remains, they also have experienced stopper Matt Ingram along with England youngster Harvey Cartwright and Thimothee Lo-Tutala, both of whom have returned from successful loan spells in League Two.

That decision may be made easier for Walter, with Birmingham City having agreed a deal for Allsop and giving him a way out of the MKM Stadium after less than a year at the club, but even with his exit, there's no shortage of options at his disposal.

"First of all, I don't want to talk about any individual player because I need to get to know them better first, so it's the reason why I don't talk about them," Walter said when asked by Hull Live how he planned to proceed with the situation.

"We're going to the first training session. They begin from scratch and then we can talk, but not at the moment, because I need to get to know them first because the human relationships are the most important thing in the way I work.

"After that I can bring more quality out of the players if they trust me. But first of all, we have to trust in each other and that can only happen when I get to know them better.

"I try to give them my confidence and be honest to them and then I can bring them to their best level, they can work and they can perform."