Tonight's Cardiff City news as Erol Bulut says transfers can launch club into top six as he makes pit-stop on way to Wales

-Credit: (Image: YouTube/Tivibu Spor)
-Credit: (Image: YouTube/Tivibu Spor)

Here are your Cardiff City headlines for Sunday, June 23.

Bulut makes German pit-stop

Erol Bulut made a visit to Germany over the weekend on his way back to Cardiff City.

The Bluebirds manager was spotted in Dortmund on Saturday to witness Turkey's 3-0 Euro 2024 defeat by Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal, a result which leaves them second in the group.

Bulut was pictured in the stands alongside Taner Demir, the club president of third-tier club Nevşehirspor, Yılmaz Vural, who has a 40-year coaching career in Turkey behind him, and Özhan Pulat, the head coach of Hatayspor, who play in the Turkish Super Lig.

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Ahead of the game, he spoke to Turkish channel Tivibu Spor, saying: "Let me put it this way, I am the first [Turkish] coach to work in England. We are experiencing the joy and pride of it. Of course, when we first went there, no one knew our name, 'Who is this? He is Turkish or something!'

"But now we have completely changed that. Now we can see Turkish flags waving in the stadium. It makes me very happy. It shows our fans we are doing our job right. I am very grateful to our fans. Cardiff has an amazing fan base. They have always supported us and stood behind us.

"Of course, last year's goals were to keep the team in the league – we cannot set out with that goal this year. Our goal this year is to push for the top six play-offs, with the transfers we will make and with our fans.

"Hopefully we will go down that path together with our fans. I hope we can achieve this at the end of the season."

Cardiff due back in tomorrow

Summer is over for Cardiff players, who are back in for the start of pre-season tomorrow.

The Bluebirds players and coaching staff jetted all around the world on their summer vacations, however tomorrow the grind begins as testing is carried out. Sign up to our Cardiff City newsletter here.

It will also provide more clarity with players, many of whom are returning from loans or perhaps have their future up in the air with regards to sales or loan exits. This week will represent an opportunity for many to have contact time with Bulut and the coaching staff for the first time since the end of last season.

Indeed, Callum Robinson posted one last photo from the gym today, saying: "Last session done... back to the real stuff tomorrow."

Some players, such as those who have been on international duty, will be afforded extra time away to recuperate.

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City close in on new coach

Cardiff City look set to add ex-Watford first-team coach Omer Riza to their coaching staff, WalesOnline understands.

Erol Bulut has been keen to bolster his backroom team this summer and indeed it was one of his stipulations when he was in talks to agree a new two-year deal with the Bluebirds.

Cardiff had held talks with former City first-team coach James Rowberry over returning to the club, however last week we were told a deal could not get over the line.

But the club do appear to be closing in on adding someone to their coaching staff and that comes in the form of Omer Riza, whose most recent role was as part of the first-team staff at Vicarage Road under Valerien Ismael.

Riza had spent six years with the club, joining in August 2018 as part of their academy setup before he progressed through to take the reins as Watford under-23s head coach in 2019. He was added to Ismael's coaching staff last summer but left when the manager was sacked back in March.

Riza juggled much of his time with Watford with his role at the English FA, where he held the position of England under-17s assistant coach from 2019 and 2023, until he was promoted to first-team duties by the Hornets.

His previous role at Leyton Orient, predominantly in the youth-team setup before he stepped up to take on the role as assistant manager at the end of the 2016/17 season. Read the full story here.

New kit teased

Cardiff have already teased next season's special anniversary kit.

The Bluebirds celebrate their 125th anniversary this season and as such are planning a special kit to honour the magnificent milestone.

Fans have been impatient for the slightest insight into what next year's strip will look like, while it was confirmed some time ago that the badge on the home kit would be changed for next season.

And the teaser video appears to confirm that, with the club giving the smallest glimpse into what the home shirt will look like in the upcoming campaign.

From the little we can see, the New Balance kit looks a simple design, while the club crest looks to have been completely stripped back to a white circle with the iconic Bluebirds in the centre. The full reveal will be next Saturday, June 29.