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Vincent Kompany Appointed New Burnley Manager

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Burnley appointed Vincent Kompany as their new manager after the Belgian left his role as Anderlecht boss.

Burnley had been in talks with former Manchester City captain Kompany regarding their managerial position, following the decision to part company with long-serving boss Sean Dyche in April.

Mike Jackson stepped into the hotseat as caretaker manager but was unable to keep the club in the Premier League, with a 2-1 final-day defeat at home to Newcastle consigning the Clarets to relegation to the Championship.

Kompany has admitted to turning down other offers to take the job at Turf Moor as he sees an “incredible future”, after being linked with Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach, among others.

The ex-City defender faces a significant rebuilding job with the club back in the Championship for the first time since 2015-16, when they bounced back to the top flight at the first attempt.

“It’s true though, I did have other offers,” he told burnleyfootballclub.com.

“But when I laid out all of the offers on the table, some were perhaps more appealing in terms of name and what they would represent to the wider public, but I had a chance to look in great depth into everything that Burnley is.

“I looked at what Burnley wanted to achieve and I’m not saying it’s easy, but I saw a path which was different than that at other places.

“I see a plan and I see good people. I want to work with people that are already at Burnley, I’m allowed to bring good people with me as well, and together we don’t have to change everything.

“To make a long answer short, I’ve chosen this project because I know that after a difficult start will come an incredible future.”

Dyche was sacked towards the end of last season before Jackson took over as interim boss. However, he was unsuccessful in keeping them in the top flight Premier League.

Kompany quit as head coach at Anderlecht, where he spent three years, in late May having finished third in the Belgian First Division A last season.

He takes over in Lancashire at a pivotal time with a total of 14 professionals leaving the club at the end of last season, with the likes of captain Ben Mee and other first-team regulars James Tarkowski, Aaron Lennon, Phil Bardsley, and Erik Pieters among those departing.

Burnley chairman Alan Pace said: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Vincent to Burnley.

“Vincent is a proven leader and I’ve been very impressed with his ideas for Burnley, 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.”

Source: SkySports

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