It has been revealed that Holstein Kiel’s Tim Walter will take over as coach of Stuttgart on a two-year deal from next season.
After a campaign of turmoil that saw Tayfun Korkut sacked as coach on October 7 last year only for his replacement, Markus Weinzierl, to be shown the exit door on April 20, youth team coach Nico Willig is now in charge of Stuttgart’s first-team affairs.
However, he was unable to prevent Die Roten from finishing 16th in the Bundesliga standings and they now face a relegation play-off with FC Union Berlin.
The first leg will be played on Thursday, with the return fixture four days later but, whatever division Stuttgart find themselves in, Walter will be in charge.
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The club’s head of sport, Thomas Hitzlsperger, is pleased with the man they have recruited and feels the 43-year-old’s footballing philosophy will dovetail with Stuttgart’s. “It became pretty apparent in our talks that Tim Walter’s approach and idea of attacking football fit really well with VfB,” said the former Germany ace. “Together we want the focus to be on bringing through our own talent, and Tim has a wealth of experience and, above all, conviction, in that regard. We’ve acquired a very good coach and are looking forward to working together with him.”