Former Turkish international footballer, Tayfun Korkut, has become the new head coach of Hannover 96.
He leaves his position as Turkey’s assistant coach to replace Mirko Slomka.
Korkut was reportedly approached to work alongside the former coach, before he was fired from the club after Christmas.
The 39-year-old becomes head coach of a Bundesliga club for the first time after coaching at youth level for Real Sociedad, Hoffenheim and Stuttgart.
Speaking to the press, he said he believed his experience at different clubs across Europe would help him in his new role.
“I am convinced that I learned a lot of things here in Germany, because this is where I grew up,” said Korkut, adding “But I was also overcome with emotion in Turkey, because it’s a country which lives with a lot of emotions. Then there is the playful side and the breaks typical of Spanish football. I would like to include that in my work and combine it with the ideas I have in mind.”
Given Korkut’s relative lack of experience, the announcement of his new appointment has raised a few eyebrows.
However he has vowed to do his best for the mid-table club.
“I’ve got to lead the way for the team,” he said. “I don’t know where this path will lead, but we want to play a season free from any worries while exciting the fans.”
Hannover 96’s sporting director, Dirk Dufner, affirmed the club’s confidence in its decision.
“This is a considered appointment with an eye to the future of Hannover 96, he confirmed. “In Tayfun Korkut we have chosen a young, highly qualified and supremely motivated coach, whose personality and track record utterly convinced us that he’s the right man for the job.”
Hannover 96 are currently placed 13th in the Bundesliga; four points away from being in the bottom three.