Burnley have appointed Vincent Kompany as the new manager of their men’s first-team squad.
Kompany’s arrival marks the return of the former Belgian defender to English Football for the first time since May 2019, having left Manchester City at the end of 2018-19 season to become player-manager of Anderlecht.
The 36 year-old however endured a difficult start to his reign at Anderlecht which saw him step down from his on-pitch managerial duties after four matches, in order to focus on his role as a player and Captain.
Kompany however was reinstated as manager a year later after he retired as a player and guided the club to 42 wins, 32 draws and 18 defeats in all competitions across the last two seasons, prior to his decision to depart the club last month after guiding the team to third in Belgian First Division A.
Burnley have consequently swooped to sign the Belgian who will become the club’s first foreign manager, replacing interim manager – Michael Jackson who failed to keep the Clarets in the Premier League after Sean Dyche was sacked in mid-April.
“Burnley Football Club is a truly historic English side and it is an honour to be appointed first-team manager,” commented Kompany who added that he is “excited” about the challenge of guiding the Clarets back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.
Kompany also praised the board for creating a positive vision of Burnley’s future which he can believe in as he added: “I’m looking forward to getting to work with the players and creating a positive, winning team for our fans when we return to Turf Moor.
“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.”
Burnley Chairman, Alan Pace added that the club “are absolutely delighted to welcome Vincent to Burnley Football Club.”
Pace went on to praise Kompany’s leadership qualities following his success as a player, which includes 12 trophies at Manchester City in a 10-year spell between 2008-19 at the Etihad Stadium, as he hailed the Belgian as “a proven leader” with “appetite to succeed” in the fight for promotion.
Acknowledging Kompany’s success in reversing Anderlecht’s fortunes in the last two seasons, Pace praised his “impressive credentials” in how he guided Anderlecht back to European football” whilst demonstrating “… his philosophy, approach and ambition for the Club.”