HANNOVER, Germany (AP) — 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.