Clarets Trust welcomes Vincent Kompany to Burnley!

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We are absolutely thrilled that Burnley Football Club have announced the appointment of Vincent Kompany as First-Team Manager. The former Anderlecht manager and Manchester City legend arrives at Turf Moor to take on his first stint of management in England. He becomes the permanent replacement to former manager, Sean Dyche.

Kompany’s illustrious playing career was defined by his spell playing for nearby Premier League Champions, Manchester City. After the Citizens paid £6m for his services in 2008, Kompany would go on to make 360 appearances for the club and win four Premier League titles in the process. The Belgian returned to his boyhood club, R.S.C. Anderlecht following the end of the 2018/19 season, having also won two FA Cups, four League Cups and two Community Shields in his time at the Etihad Stadium.

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After a season spent in a player-co manager role with Anderlecht, Kompany retired from professional football and took up the role as the sole manager of the Belgian club. He joined the club in one of the worst periods in its history and has since performed an admirable rebuild job that has left them in great stead to kick on. He guided Anderlecht back into Europe after finishing 4th in the Play-Offs during his first season in full-time charge, before improving once more this season to finish 3rd in the league, alongside guiding the club to a Belgian Cup final and Europa Conference League qualification.

The historic Brussels club were in a rut when Kompany joined the club, suffering from financial mismanagement and a fanbase that had become increasingly disillusioned with the team. But the 36-year-old has rebuilt the squad on a small budget, regularly entrusted the younger players of the squad and reunited the club to its fanbase. His passion on the touchline and from the club’s behind-the-scenes documentary series has endeared Kompany to the fans and ensured he will be missed now his time at the club is over.

For more insight on Kompany’s spell in charge of Anderlecht and his unique style of 4-4-2 football, make sure to check out this article from Ben Griffis:

‘Vincent Kompany’s 4-4-2 this season has been a joy to watch. I claim that it is like art on the football pitch, and each time I watch a match, I find something new that I missed before.’ Photo: © Getty Images

Clarets Trust Chairman George Poole commented on the appointment of Vincent Kompany:

“I am tremendously excited by the appointment of Vincent Kompany, not only is it a real sign of intent from Alan Pace and co, but it is also an honour to see a Premier League legend decide to take up the challenge of bringing the Club straight back up from the Championship. We should be incredibly proud to have appointed the first foreign manager/head coach in Burnley’s history, with Vincent also becoming the first black manager of our great club.

The period after a relegation is usually one filled with worry, unease, and trepidation, but more than anything I am excited to get next season underway and to see what changes our new Manager will have made. He has more than earned his stripes in Belgian and I am confident that Vincent will turn out to be a fantastic appointment.

Not only did he become a four-time Premier League winner at Manchester City, but Vincent also captained a club that has done amazing work with the local community. With family roots already placed in Manchester, I am sure that Vincent will be a fantastic representative of the club in the local community, and I am looking forward to a bright future for his promising managerial career, the Clarets Trust and Burnley Football Club.”

Welcome, Vincent!


2 Responses

  1. Good evening
    This is the first time I’ve logged in to the site for a long while. I have enjoyed catching up. I went to the friendly with Shrewsbury Town last night – very promising. Delighted to see Vincent Kompany in charge
    Best wishes
    Up the Clarets

    1. Good evening Richard, George here! Great to hear you’re back on the site and I hope you like the changes we have made over the past couple of months!

      I am jealous you managed to get to Shrewsbury, I couldn’t go unfortunately but enjoyed catching up with how it went. I was really impressed by Samuel Bastien’s finish and a couple of Brownhill’s crosses were terrific! I think the first few months of the season may be up and down as we adapt and play with an inexperienced team, but in the long run I am really confident that Kompany will turn out to be a good appointment. You can already tell that many different players want to come to Burnley just because of Kompany’s draw, which can only benefit us!

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