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Former Man City captain Vincent Kompany appointed as Burnley coach

14 Jun 2022 | 15:16 | Football

Belgian legend Vincent Kompany applauds his home fans as he represents Manchester City in the Premier League.

Belgian legend Vincent Kompany applauds his home fans as he represents Manchester City in the Premier League.

Former Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has been appointed the new manager of Burnley, the Championship club announced on Tuesday.

The 36-year-old retired Belgium international, who led Anderlecht until last month, said he was “excited by the challenge ahead”.

“Burnley Football Club is a truly historic English team and it is an honor to be appointed first-team coach,” said Kompany, who took over from Mike Jackson.

Jackson replaced longtime boss Sean Dyche in April but was unable to save the club from relegation to the Second Division Championship.

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

“I am 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.”

Kompany spent 11 years at City, where he won 10 major trophies, including four Premier League titles.

He returned to Anderlecht in 2019, the club where he started his career, as player-manager but gave up his game-day duties after a disastrous start to the season.

Kompany retires as a player in 2020 and takes over as head coach.

Burnley chairman Alan Pace said the Clarets had recruited a “proven leader”.

“I was impressed with his ideas for Burnley Football Club, his hunger for success and his focus on leading the club back to the Premier League,” he said.

“Vincent has shown impressive evidence by leading one of Belgium’s biggest teams back to European football and to the cup final last season and we are excited by the philosophy, approach and his ambitions for the club.”