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‘Never had anyone like him’ – Vincent Tan names unexpected appointment of new Cardiff manager

‘Never had anyone like him’ – those were the words of Vincent Tan who names an unexpected appointment of new Cardiff manager in Erol Bulut.

The 48 years old replaces Frenchman Sabri Lamouchi, who’s short-term contract wasn’t renewed at the end last season, despite leading the club to Championship safety.

This appointment ends a worldwide search for Lamouchi’s successor with the also looking at Oscar Garcia, Nathan Jones and Vitor Campelos who impressed with Portuguese outfit Chaves and had even been the new favourite with bookies a day prior to the announcement of Bulut.

CLUB STATEMENT:

Cardiff City Football Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Erol Bulut as First Team Manager.

With over 25 years of experience at the top levels of European football as both a player and manager, the 48-year-old has signed a deal at Cardiff City Stadium and will meet Club staff and media for the first time on Monday afternoon.

Born in Germany, Erol began his playing career at Eintracht Frankfurt having come through the Bundesliga club’s Academy, later winning major national honours playing for the likes of Fenerbahçe and Olympiacos and representing both clubs in the UEFA Champions League. He enjoyed multiple trophy successes as a player, before moving into management in 2017.

After guiding Yeni Malatyaspor to a club-record high fifth-place finish in the Turkish Süper Lig in 2019 and reaching the UEFA Europa League qualifying stages, Erol joined Alyanaspor, leading them to their first domestic Cup Final and, again, the Europa League qualifying stages.

He was approached and recruited by former club and European heavyweight Fenerbahçe in 2020, winning 21 of his 34 matches in charge and securing the club’s highest recorded away win percentage.

Speaking of Erol’s appointment, Tan Sri Vincent Tan said: “I’d like to welcome Erol and offer him my sincerest best wishes and good luck as Manager of Cardiff City.

“This summer allowed us to consider applicants for the manager’s position from across Europe and, having taken our time with the process, I’m extremely confident that we have chosen the best candidate to take us forward.

“Erol has vast experience both as a player and as a manager, having played Champions League football and managed European sides across 200 League games to date. This level of experience is needed at this time and I think will prove invaluable to the squad.

“Erol’s enthusiasm and hunger for success impresses me greatly. When we spoke, it became clear that his intensity and hard work ethic matched the core cultural traits that I want our club to return to.

“His excellent record in European football represents a standard of managerial experience that we have not had at Cardiff City before. His experience in this field, I hope, will allow us to attract a higher profile and standard of player in the coming years.”

This is what fans said as Vincent Tan names unexpected appointment of new Cardiff manager…

@liam_ccfc: Yesterday i was Portuguese, today I feel Turkish

@ElisDavies5: Right well now I’m so confused as to what the whole Vitor situation was about

@christ1ant0b: Back him 100%. Let’s hope he can tap into the European free agent market and sort us out

@mattrich75: Erol Bulut? I thought Candelos was nailed on. All the same, welcome to the madhouse that is @CardiffCityFC and hope he can inspire us to better things 👍. #Bluebirds

@CCFCMando: Welcome! Now make sure he’s properly backed and signs as many as he needs

@gezparry: So confused 🤣

@NinianOpinion: Didn’t know he existed an hour ago but already looking at lederhosen for May’s promotion party. Welcome to the madhouse

@liam_brett7: After reading that he actually sounds promising, nice to see he’s not cheap too tan actually putting some money in. Let’s give him all the support he needs, Welcome to the capital Bulut 🇹🇷

@ThomasMarkBaker: Hang about, that’s not the fella from Chaves?!!

@AshleyVickery93: Lets just hope he’s given the chance to build something and not sacked after 3 months. Regardless of his record, we need to fully get behind the players and new manager. Still don’t trust Tan or the board, they’ve had enough chances now.

@connordavies612: Never seen such a professional announcement by the club 😂 time to back him and get the players he wants in. also glad the search is finally over

@Welshy__: I have no idea who you are mate but welcome to hell x

@joeljones00: No idea but come on the boys!!!

@ccfcview: Never heard of him but sounds good, he’s got my full backing! Still unhappy at Sabri leaving though.

@neddthomas: Welcome to #CardiffCity, Erol Bulut. We know it’s probably going to be another tough season but I will support the new manager and hope he’s successful #Bluebirds #CityAsOne

@blackmore_mark: Welcome Erol, I wish you all the very best, all we ask is the players give 100%. Oh and someone show him what to do #ayatollah

@CcfcDai93: Now it’s time to back him and have a much better season than last 💙 #CityAsOne

@HuxtableDylan: Just happy to have a manager at this point

@boz_yaz: He is a talented manager, and he did well with low budgets. Direct ball, quick counters and 4-2-3-1 system can define his tactical style.

@eurobluebird: Strap yourself in for the next Cardiff City roller coaster ride.

@rhysward123: At least he’ll get to spend Christmas with his family now. Given the ‘Bulut’ by November

@TomsLus9: Tf what about Campelos??

@ridz216: Interesting appointment, hope he does well

@giffy1927: Well well well… the circus has arrived… let’s back him. Let’s hope he signs some decent players

@jbcfc__: 6th November

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