Erol Bulut Cardiff City

ROTHERHAM, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Erol Bulut, Manager of Cardiff City, shows appreciation to the fans following the Sky Bet Championship match between Rotherham United and Cardiff City at AESSEAL New York Stadium on May 04, 2024 in Rotherham, England. (Photo by Ben Roberts Photo/Getty Images)

Vincent Tan Turns Up The Volume After Silence For A Month Over Erol Bulut’s Cardiff City Future

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By Gareth James

Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan insists manager Erol Bulut has made “clear progress” during his year in charge – even though it took a month to agree a new contract for the Bluebirds boss.

Bulut has signed a new two-year deal to extend his stay as Cardiff manager.

The former Fenerbahce boss Bulut was set to be out of contract after guiding the Bluebirds to 12th place in the Sky Bet Championship following his first season in charge.

The 49-year-old had been linked with other jobs but will now stay on in the capital, with his new deal set to run until the end of the 2025-26 campaign.

Cardiff said “several constructive and detailed talks” had taken place with Bulut involving owner Tan as well as the board of directors to get negotiations over the line “with a view to the betterment of existing internal processes and structures”.

A club statement added: “Decisions have also been made in respect of the existing playing squad, with targets identified for the purpose of bolstering it for a competitive, enjoyable and successful 2024-25 season.”

Malaysian businessman Tan said: “What was clear under Erol’s management last season was that we were making progress and showing improvement.

“I believe he has laid some strong foundations on which he will build.

Bulut said: “I am very proud and happy to be extending my time with you all here in the capital city of Wales.

“I want to thank Tan Sri Vincent for putting his trust in me to lead our club into the future. It is my pleasure to be doing so and I appreciate having been offered this fantastic opportunity.

“It is a privilege to be part of your family.”

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