Vincent Kompany was appointed as Burnley’s new manager, replacing longtime boss Sean Dyche on a permanent basis.
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After two seasons at Anderlecht, his boyhood club where he finished 4th and 3rd, the former Belgium and Manchester City captain is back in England where he’ll try to guide the Clarets back to the Premier League following their relegation to the EFL Championship.
Vincent Kompany leaves Anderlecht, in frame for Burnley manager job
“Today only one feeling prevails: I am proud that I was able to start this new chapter at the club of my heart,” Kompany said on Anderlecht’s site. “I have now been a player and a coach of RSC Anderlecht, but above all I remain a loyal fan.”
Jackson would’ve certainly been among those considered for the job, which is going to be a major project even with parachute payments. Maybe Kompany’s status helps fellow ex-Man City man Ben Mee stick around for life in the Championship, but Wout Weghorst, Maxwel Cornet, Dwight McNeil, Nick Pope, and James Tarkowski all seem likely to move onto new top-tier homes whether in England or elsewhere.
Joining Mee and Tarkowski as out-of-contract are Jack Cork, Aaron Lennon, Erik Pieters, Dale Stephens, Phil Bardsley, Ashley Barnes, and Matej Vydra.
Who does that leave? Promising Nathan Collins and an in-prime Josh Brownhill, as well as Charlie Taylor, Jay Rodriguez, and Ashley Westwood amongst others.
Kompany’s name will help get some good loanees in the door, much like we’ve seen with Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard. He had Joshua Zirkzee from Bayern Munich and Christian Kouame from Fiorentina last season, combining for nearly 30 goals between them.