Former Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany is currently holding talks with already-relegated Premier League outfit Burnley about their vacant managerial position, after leaving his role as coach of Belgian Jupiler League side Anderlecht.
The 36 year-old Belgian left Anderlecht by mutual consent where he had been manager since August 2020, after finishing third in the league and runners-up in the Belgian Cup Final.
It is understood that Kompany is on a three-man shortlist for the coaching role at Turf Moor, which still looks appealing despite the club’s relegation to the Championship over the weekend and their present financial issues. He is reportedly close to landing the top job at Burnley.
Burnley had sacked previous manager Sean Dyche after 10 years at the helm in April, replacing him with Mike Jackson as interim boss but he was unable to prevent relegation. Also, the Clarets had received a £65 million pounds loan with American finance company MSD Holdings, of which a significant proportion now has to be paid.
Kompany spent eleven years at Manchester City, where he won ten major trophies including four Premier League titles. The former Belgium defender returned to Anderlecht as player-manager in 2019 but relinquished his managerial duties on matchdays in order to concentrate on playing, before taking over full-time in 2020.
Attracting someone of Kompany’s standing in the game would be a coup for Burnley chairman Alan Pace, who has remained silent on the club’s relegation despite concerns being expressed by fans over their future.