HANNOVER, Germany (AP) -- Hannover has appointed former Turkey international Tayfun Korkut as coach to replace the fired Mirko Slomka.
The Bundesliga side says the 42-year-old Korkut signed a deal Tuesday that lasts until June 2016. He will be presented Wednesday, New Year's Day, before taking charge of the side's first training session after the winter break.
Korkut, who was born in Stuttgart, is the first coach of Turkish origin in 50 years of the Bundesliga.
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.