Vincent Kompany is in talks to become Burnley manager


Mueez Ajao

– Former Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is in talks with Burnley about their vacant manager’s job after leaving his role as Anderlecht boss.

– Kompany, 36, has left by mutual consent after finishing third in the league and runners-up in the Belgian Cup final.

– He had been manager since August 2020.

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– It is understood Kompany is the main candidate for a role which retains appeal despite the club’s relegation to the Championship at the weekend – and their financial issues.

– The Clarets had received a £65m loan with American finance company MSD Holdings, a ‘significant proportion’ of which now has to be repaid.

– They sacked Sean Dyche after 10 years at the helm in April, replacing him with Mike Jackson as interim boss but he was unable to prevent relegation.

– Kompany’s wife Carla is from Manchester, meaning a return to the North West holds personal appeal.

– The former Belgium defender spent 11 years at City, where he won 10 major trophies including four Premier League titles.

– He returned to Anderlecht as player-manager in 2019 but relinquished his managerial duties on matchdays in order to concentrate on playing, before taking over full-time in 2020.

– Attracting someone of Kompany’s standing in the game would also be a coup for Burnley chairman Alan Pace, who has remained silent on the club’s relegation despite concerns being expressed by fans over their future.

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