Cardiff set to name Bulut as new manager

Published on: 03 June 2023

Erol Bulut is a former Turkey Under-21 international

Cardiff City are set to appoint former Fenerbahce manager Erol Bulut as their new manager.

The Championship club are working on finalising a deal for the 48-year-old and confirmation of his appointment is expected imminently.

Bulut replaces Frenchman Sabri Lamouchi, whose short-term contract was not renewed even though he steered the club to Championship safety.

The appointment completes a global search for a successor to Lamouchi.

Cardiff had also considered former Watford manager Oscar Garcia, and were also linked with the likes of Nathan Jones and Vitor Campelos, who has impressed with Portuguese club Chaves.

Bulut has been a manager for six years, but the move to Cardiff will see the former Turkey Under-21s international work outside his homeland for the first time.

He started his coaching career at Yeni Malatyaspor in 2017 before taking over at fellow Super Lig club Alanyaspor in 2019.

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Bulut's Alanyaspor side were beaten finalists in the Turkish Cup in his one season at the helm.

He moved to Fenerbahce - where he had spent four years as a player - in the summer of 2020, but departed in March 2021 with his team third in the Turkish top flight.

Bulut was soon back in management with another Super Lig club, Gaziantep, where he was in charge for 18 months before leaving following a disappointing run of results in January 2023.

Born in Germany, Bulut began his playing career at Eintracht Frankfurt before joining Fenerbahce, where he won a league title in 1995-96.

He then rejoined Eintracht Frankfurt and had spells on loan at Trabzonspor and Adanaspor before moving to Greek club Panionios, then returning to Turkey with Bursaspor.

A left-wingback, Bulut's nomadic career continued as he had spells at 1860 Munich, Olympiakos - where he won two Greek league titles and one cup - and Ukrainian side Metalurh Donetsk.

He returned to Greece for spells with Olympiacos Volos, OFI Crete and Veria before hanging up his boots in 2012.

Lamouchi's departure from Cardiff was announced on 17 May after the former Nottingham Forest boss held talks over future plans with Bluebirds owner Vincent Tan.

Lamouchi was one of three Cardiff managers last season, following Steve Morison and Mark Hudson.

The Welsh club finished just one place above the relegation zone, five points clear of 22nd-placed Reading, who were were deducted six points by the EFL for breaching the terms of an agreed business plan.

It was Cardiff's lowest finishing position since they were promoted to the second tier in 2003.


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