Korkut takes charge at Hannover

Hannover, Germany (SportsNetwork.com) - Tayfun Korkut was named the new manager of Hannover on Tuesday, making him the first Turk to manage a club in the Bundesliga.

The 39-year-old takes over for Mirko Slomka, who was fired on Friday after a disappointing first half of the league campaign that sees the club sitting in 13th place.

Korkut, who has signed a contract through June 2016 with Hannover, spent the past two years as an assistant with the Turkish national team.

Prior to that, he served as a youth team coach with German sides Hoffenheim and Stuttgart and was capped 42 times by Turkey during his playing career.