Vincent Kompany is now the manager of Burnley. He used to be the manager of Anderlecht, but he left that job.
Burnley had been talking to Kompany about taking over as manager after they fired longtime manager Sean Dyche in April.
Mike Jackson took over as caretaker manager, but he wasn’t able to keep the club in the Premier League. A 2-1 loss to Newcastle on the last day of the season at home sent the Clarets down to the Championship.
Kompany has said that he turned down other job offers to take the job at Turf Moor because he sees an “incredible future” for the team. He was linked to Bundesliga team Borussia Monchengladbach, among other teams, but decided to take the job at Turf Moor.
The former City defender has a big rebuilding job ahead of him now that the club is back in the Championship for the first time since 2015–16 when they went straight back to the Premier League.
“I did have other job offers, though,” he told burnleyfootballclub.com.
“But when I put all the offers on the table, some were maybe more appealing in terms of the name and what it would mean to the public as a whole. However, I had a chance to look into everything that Burnley is in great detail.
“I looked at what Burnley wanted to do, and I’m not saying it’s easy, but I saw a different way to get there than other places.
“I see good people and a plan. I want to work with people who are already at Burnley. I can also bring good people with me, and together we don’t have to change everything.
“To shorten a long answer, I chose this project because I know that after a hard start, it will have an amazing future.”
Dyche was fired near the end of the last season, and Jackson took over as interim manager. But he wasn’t able to keep them in the Premier League, which is the best league.
Kompany quit as head coach of Anderlecht, where he had worked for three years, at the end of May. Last season, Anderlecht came in third place in the Belgian First Division A.
At the end of last season, 14 professionals left the club, including captain Ben Mee, first-team regulars James Tarkowski, Aaron Lennon, Phil Bardsley, and Erik Pieters, and James Tarkowski, Aaron Lennon, Phil Bardsley, and Erik Pieters.