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

Genclerbirligi.

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

said.

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

zone.

Slomka was the fourth Bundesliga coach to lose his job this

season.