‘Bullish’ Tim Walter needs to make an immediate impression at Hull City as Acun Ilicali has put his faith and money to the test


It's the worst-kept secret at Hull City in a long time: Tim Walter has finally been confirmed as the club's new head coach, replacing Liam Rosenior.

Walter has spent a lot of time in talks with City owner Acun Ilicali in recent weeks, but had to wait to officially take over due to the conditions of his departure from Hamburg in February.

The 48-year-old German has extensive management experience in Germany, having coached under Pep Guardiola in Bayern Munich's academy before taking charge of Holstein Kiel, Stuttgart and then notorious underachievers Hamburg, a club with huge expectations and even bigger crowds.

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For Walter, this is the first time he has worked as a manager outside of Germany. And it is an opportunity he has longed for: the chance to follow in the footsteps of his compatriots Jürgen Klopp, David Wagner, Daniel Farke and Danny Rohl of recent years.

It was his attacking, swashbuckling style of football that alerted Ilicali to his availability, and after his Hamburg team scored a league-high 70 goals in the 2. Bundesliga the season before last, the Turkish owner made Walter his main target and invested considerable time and money to ensure he got him.

For Walter, a confident character and someone optimistic enough to believe in his brand of football, this is a great opportunity to make Ilicalis' dream of promotion come true. However, he will be under pressure and with big expectations, and he will have to get started right away.

Ilicali's brief is pretty simple. He wants winning football and he wants the fans to be entertained. He also expects City to be able to compete and with Rosenior finishing seventh, Walter will be challenged to top that and if he can do that, he will at least end up in the play-offs.