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Vincent Kompany appoints Burnley manager

Vincent Kompany has been appointed as Burnley manager, the club have announced.

Kompany joins after leaving his managerial role at Anderlecht by mutual consent last month following two seasons with the Belgian side.

Burnley Football Club is a truly historic English side and it is an honour to be appointed first-team manager,” said Kompany. “I’m excited by the challenge ahead.

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“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 shared his delight at being able to appoint Kompany as the club’s new manager.

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He added: “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.

Vincent has shown impressive credentials in leading one of Belgium’s biggest teams back to European football and a cup final last season and we’ve been excited by his philosophy, approach and ambition for the club.”

The former Manchester City centre-back, 36, is understood to have been attracted by the challenge despite Burnley’s relegation to the Championship.

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Anderlecht ended the 2021-22 regular season in third. They also finished third in the play-offs.

Kompany, who won four Premier League titles with Manchester City during his 11-year spell in England, left the Ethiad Stadium in 2019.

He was originally appointed as player-manager but stepped down from on-pitch managerial duties after a poor start to the 2019-20 campaign. Kompany then took over the full-time reins when he retired in August 2020.

Burnley lost their Premier League status last month when their 2-1 defeat by Newcastle United sent them down to the second tier. They had been in the top flight since 2016.

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Sean Dyche had been in the Turf Moor hot seat since October 2012 but was sacked in April with Burnley in the relegation zone with eight games to go.

Mike Jackson was named caretaker manager but was unable to turn around Burnley’s fortunes.

Burnley claimed 10 points from their first four games under Jackson but then failed to win any of their last four as they slipped into the Championship.

 

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