August 9, 2022

Burnley have appointed Vincent Kompany as their new manager after the Belgian quit as Anderlecht boss.

Burnley had been in talks with former Manchester City captain Kompany over their managerial position, following the decision to part ways with longtime boss Sean Dyche in April.

Mike Jackson entered the hotseat as caretaker manager but was unable to keep the club in the Premier League, with a 2-1 loss on the final day at home to Newcastle sending the Clarets to the relegation to the championship.

“Burnley are a truly historic England team and it is an honor to be appointed first-team manager,” said Kompany. “I’m excited for the challenge ahead of me.

“I look forward to working with the players and creating a positive and winning team for our fans when we return to Turf Moor.

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

Dyche was fired towards the end of last season before Jackson took over as interim boss. However, he failed to keep them in the Premier League top flight.

Kompany left his post as head coach at Anderlecht, where he spent three years, at the end of May after finishing third in the Belgian Premier League A last season.

The 36-year-old former Belgium defender left Anderlecht last month after two seasons as head coach, having joined in 2019 as a player-manager before retiring in 2020. In doing so, he sealed European qualification and also reached the final of the Belgian Cup. .

Burnley chairman Alan Pace said: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Vincent to Burnley.

“Vincent is a proven leader and I have been very impressed with his ideas for Burnley, his appetite for success and his desire to bring the club back to the Premier League.

“Vincent showed impressive credentials leading one of Belgium’s greatest teams to European football and a Cup final last season and we were enthusiastic about his philosophy, approach and ambition for the club.”

Analysis: Why did Kompany opt for Burnley?

Sky Sports’ Ben Grounds looks at what Burnley fans can expect from manager Kompany and whether he can stage an immediate return to the Premier League…

The City legend was keen to return to the North West in order to be closer to his wife Carla’s family and opted for the Turf Moor job despite interest from Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach.

The parachute payments will certainly help soften the blow, and Kompany will relish the atmosphere of two East Lancashire derbies against Blackburn. After Derby boss Wayne Rooney was also linked with the role, chairman Alan Pace has clearly targeted a young and hungry manager with an attraction factor.

In some ways, it was the galvanizing effect the former Manchester United striker had on the Midlands club, creating a siege mentality when he felt the world was against him and his team, that can be seen as a source of inspiration for Kompany.

Burnley are ready to take a risk on him and vice versa. One of the Premier League’s biggest defenders at Turf Moor thinks an appointment on the left in Hollywood might have made more sense had his top-flight status been retained, but it’s one that suits all parties .

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Ward on Former Burnley defender Stephen Ward has said the club’s new manager, Vincent Kompany, has the respect and name recognition to attract players to the club and help them return to the Premier League.

Former Burnley defender Stephen Ward told Sky Sports:

“We’ve seen James Tarkowski and Ben Mee leave, but bringing in someone of Vincent Kompany’s stature is going to attract players. He’s going to have managerial ambitions in the Premier League and there’s still a good core there. who can challenge in Championship.

“There has been a lot of speculation over the last few weeks about Kompany joining, so for the club as a whole after his relegation it is very important that this is done and dusted off before the players return for the pre-season. -season.

“I think it’s a very good appointment, he’s a legend of the game here and it’s great news for Burnley and all his fans. The club are going through a period of transition after great margins failed to been relegated.

“We have seen in recent weeks with the contractual situations, players who had been there for a long time leaving the club. It was really important to bring in a big name and someone who will have the respect of the players right away.

“It might tempt a few players who intended to leave now to stay and work under Kompany. A manager like that means there’s only one focus for next season, and that’s to return to the Premier League as quickly as possible.”