He’s a Manchester City legend, a Belgium international of immense repute and the winner of 14 trophies as a player. Oh, and now he’s Burnley’s new manager. Vincent Kompany was confirmed on Tuesday as Sean Dyche’s successor at Turf Moor, tasked with the job of returning the Clarets to the Premier League at the first attempt.
But what do we know about Kompany the boss, so far? When he left City in 2019 he did so to take up the post of player-manager of Anderlecht, but that very quickly led to a rethink when the Paars-wit got off to their worst start in over 20 years.
Here’s a quick precis of what he’s done so far since first becoming the head honcho at his boyhood club.
· Gave up managerial responsibility just four games into his first season in charge after Anderlecht had drawn two and lost two league matches. Continued as a player, with Simon Davies and then Franky Vercauteren taking the reigns.
· After Anderlecht recovered to finish eighth, Kompany retired as a player and regained control of first-team affairs, leading the club to fourth spot in his first season in charge (2020-21) with 15 wins in 40 games.
· Won 20 of 40 matches last season, with Anderlecht finishing third. However, they were dumped out of the Europa Conference League by Vitesse in the play-off round.
· He did take the club to decent finishes in the Belgian Cup, losing in the semi-finals to Genk in 2021 and going down to a penalty shootout loss to Gent in the 2022 final.
· Total games in charge: 96
· Wins: 42
· Draws: 34
· Losses: 20
· Scored: 174
· Conceded: 106
· Win percentage: 43.75%
· Goals per game scored: 1.81
Now for the Championship, and the chance to cut his teeth in the English game. He might still be fairly new to the management game, but Kompany arrives with a lot of expectation.
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