Burnley appoint former Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany as Manager

Vincent Kompany-Looking back during his testimonial match
Vincent Kompany-Looking back during his testimonial match

The former Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is set to lead Burnley for the next season. The Clarets have not specified the length of Kompany’s contract. Burnley dismissed Sean Dyche in April and replaced him with Mike Jackson, who failed to avoid Premier League relegation.

Although his agreement with Burnley did not run out smoothly due to Burnley’s financial troubles, American finance company MSD Holdings made a way to move Kompany. The Clarets received £65m loans which are believed to be a “significant proportion” of which now has to be repaid after falling out of the top flight.

“I’m excited by the challenge ahead,” Kompany said.

“Burnley Football Club is a truly historic English side, and it is an honour to be appointed first-team manager.

“I’ve been impressed by the board’s vision for the club which aligns with my own and I look forward to playing my part as we enter an important season.”

The 36-year-old former captain spent 11 years in the Sky Blues, winning 10 major trophies, including four Premier League titles. 

According to BBC, In 2019, Kompany returned to his home club Anderlecht, as player-manager. He announced his retirement in 2020 and took over as manager, which Anderlecht won 41, lost 19 and drew 30 of his 90 games.

Under his management, Anderlecht finished fourth, and this season finished third, 11 points behind champions Club Bruges.

Anderlecht chief executive Peter Verbeke said he would remember Kompany was seen as an “essential part” in rebuilding the club. “He brought professionalism and expertise and has also been important in the development of young players,” Verbeke said.

“Vincent is a proven leader and I’ve been very impressed with his ideas for Burnley Football Club, his appetite to succeed and his focus on leading the club back to the Premier League.” Burnley chairman Alan Pace said.