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Korkut reveals Hannover interest

New Hannover coach Tayfun Korkut has claimed he was initially approached to work as assistant to the man he has replaced in charge of the Bundesliga club.

The Stuttgart-born coach from a Turkish family was approached before Christmas to see if he would be interested in working alongside Mirko Slomka at Hannover.

Slomka was sacked after Christmas and Korkut instead found himself being appointed as the new coach of the Reds, signing a contract until 2016 and meeting the media for the first time on Friday.

"I want to take this chance with all I've got,'' said the former Turkey assistant coach. "I want to see a courageous, ambitious and active team. I want to see solidarity, and if we can manage that, then we can be successful.''

Korkut becomes head coach of a Bundesliga club for the first time having previously coached at youth level for Real Sociedad, Hoffenheim and Stuttgart before becoming assistant coach of Turkey last summer.

His relative lack of experience therefore raised a few eyebrows when he was appointed earlier on in the week, and the 39-year-old admitted the call had come as a surprise to him too. Nevertheless, he has vowed to give it his best shot.

"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 sit 13th in the Bundesliga standings at the midway stage of the season. They are just four points above the bottom three and have lost all eight of their away games, picking up all their 18 points at home.

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