Hannover hires Tayfun Korkut as coach
Hannover appointed former Turkey international Tayfun Korkut as
coach on Tuesday to replace the fired Mirko Slomka.
The 42-year-old Korkut signed a deal that lasts until June 30,
2016, the Bundesliga side said in a statement. He will be presented
Wednesday, New Year’s Day, before taking charge of the side’s first
training session after the winter break.
”This signing is a clear decision for the future of Hannover,”
sporting director Dirk Dufner said. ”In Tayfun Korkut we decided
for a young, top trained and highly motivated coach who convinced
us with his personality and curriculum vitae.”
Korkut played 42 times for Turkey, as well as for Stuttgarter
Kickers, Real Sociedad, Espanyol, Fenerbahce, Besiktas and
His coaching career began with Real Sociedad’s under-19 team in
2007, before he trained Hoffenheim’s under-17 team and then
Stuttgart’s under-19 team. He was signed as assistant to then
Turkey coach Abdullah Avci in January 2012.
”We know we are making a bold decision, be we see great
potential in the work together with Tayfun Korkut,” Dufner
Korkut, who was born in Stuttgart, is the first head coach of
Turkish origin in 50 years of the Bundesliga.
”A challenging but fascinating task lies ahead of us, one that
I’m looking forward to very much,” Korkut said.
Hannover fired Slomka on Friday after a disappointing first half
to the season.
Slomka saved Hannover from relegation after taking over in
January 2010 and then twice led the side into the Europa League.
However, a 2-1 loss to Freiburg left Hannover in 13th place before
the winter break, only four points clear of the relegation
Slomka was the fourth Bundesliga coach to lose his job this