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‘Everything has to change’ – Erol Bulut fires message to the board

20 Jan 2024 4 minute read
Cardiff City manager Erol Bulut. Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

Erol Bulut appeared to question his future at Cardiff City in an interview with Radio Wales.

Speaking to football reporter Mark Poyser after witnessing his side beaten 3-1 by Plymouth at Home Park, he expressed his dissatisfaction with the way things are going at the club.

Almost three weeks into the January transfer window and Cardiff are yet to make signing, something which is understandably frustrating the manager.

“I am not happy with many things,” he said. I have to decide about myself and the future with the club.”

“I will make a decision about that,” he added.

“I have to maybe make a decision for myself on how my future will go with the club, because I came here to change some things in a positive way.

“I don’t know (if will continue until the end of the season), I don’t know.”

Cardiff City manager Erol Bulut (Credit: Cardiff City)

He continued “Everyone knows (we need players), I know it, the board knows it, the fans know it, all of us, we know it.

“We have worked hard to come to this position… until now we’ve only been three points off the play-offs, but now we cannot speak about the play-offs, now we must speak about different things.

“If we don’t get signings? We will have to fight with what we have, but we will have hard weeks and months in front of us.”

As for the game, Bulut reckoned his side stopped playing after taking the lead.

He said: “It is not the first time that I have been disappointed, the fans are disappointed.

“They are right because today we had the game in our hands, we started well and were leading 1-0 but after that the game is not finished.

“We stopped playing and the result was we lost 3-1. We had some changes but we didn’t score again, there was too many individual mistakes in different situations and they (Plymouth) scored from those mistakes.

“The game is not only 31 minutes, it is 95 minutes.

“We can speak about having only 15/16 players available, we had 11 players on the pitch so we have to do everything. We stopped after scoring the goal and it is not easy after that.

“We had similar problems in other games, we have to be more aggressive, we have been more aggressive and won games and the last two games – Leeds and today – was not like that.

“I don’t have players outside to replace them and they are getting tired, I don’t have anyone on the bench to make that change in defence. My players are doing their best and it is not enough.”

Pilgrims boss Ian Foster urged Plymouth to look up the table after claiming his first Championship win as Argyle head coach.

Argyle soared to 15th on the back of two goals by Scottish striker Ryan Hardie, who also set up top scorer Morgan Whittaker for his 15th Championship goal of the season, after Cardiff had taken a 10th-minute lead through Perry Ng.

Foster said: “We expected a difficult game and they always are, they are tight at this level. You have seen the results in the league today. There is never an easy game.

“The message to the players was to claw these (Cardiff) back. I think they were six places and seven points above us. If it becomes 10 it’s almost impossible. It’s four now.

“I am really pleased with the players because there was evidence again today that they are taking on the information we are giving to them.

“I have been (in post) two weeks yesterday so we have not had that many sessions, four players very new to the football club on the pitch today and two of them have only had very limited time with the group.

“A lot of positives today but a game I thoroughly thought we deserved to win.

“We don’t want to be looking over our shoulders, we want to be looking up at the next team and that’s how we did it today.

“We looked at these and said ‘let’s get these back’ and that’s our challenge.

“Cardiff are the next team above us, four points, and we have got to bridge that gap as soon as possible.

“I am happy. It’s really challenging, I knew it would be. I am really enjoying it.”

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