Vincent Kompany chose a tough job at Burnley on his return to England | Burnley

Bing Appointed director of Burnley It was not part of Vincent Kompany’s plan. The Belgian returned to his first team, Anderlecht, in 2019 to start his coaching career after a decade of success at Manchester City and was supposed to change the squad and leave Brussels with a glut of titles. A rebuilding job was required, but despite green rays of hope, the Kompany era was more sophisticated than revolutionary, and his tenure expired three years after a four-year contract.

The eighth, fourth and third finishes showed progress but not enough for the board of directors, whose term would have somehow ended this summer. There was no shortage of admirers for Kompany, who had a reputation as one of football’s most intelligent and articulate men. But despite the “more attractive performances”, Kompany decided that the next chapter would try to make a comeback Burnley To the English Premier League the first time he asks.

There are similarities between the situation in which he was found Anderlecht And the one who got into it in Turf Moor. A new team had to be built in Brussels after the best players were sold and there was a desire to create a more youthful team, one that focused on local players because the club lacked the money to buy.

Burnley have a skeletal playing staff and lost James Tarkowski and Ben Mi. Players like Nick Pope and Maxwel Cornet are expected to leave, and the rest may find it difficult to adapt to Kompany’s tactics. He will need a new captain and a pair of central defenders as a priority.

Anderlecht was a long term short term project, while short term results would be necessary at Burnley to avoid the club’s financial situation becoming precarious.

Kompany has used his contacts to bring players to Anderlecht that some might see out of reach of other clubs of similar stature. His former teammates Samir Nasri and Nasser El Shazly joined in and youngsters were recruited from Manchester City and Bayern Munich.

“Because there is no money at Anderlecht, he has spent most of his job bringing in youngsters from the second team and from abroad who he knows well,” says former Anderlecht and City goalkeeper Gert de Vlieger. “Through his acquaintances, he tried to motivate the players to come and play with Anderlecht to show them the bigger picture.”

Captain and linebacker Ben May has been a key figure at Burnley but he will be leaving.
Captain and linebacker Ben May has been a key figure at Burnley but he will be leaving. Photography: Martin Reckitt/PA

These players were targeted for their ability to blend into a team in a high intensity style. It’s a philosophy Kompany will aim to implement at Burnley and is a far cry from what Turf Moor is used to after a decade of Sean Dyche’s rule. Burnley have to repay a debt of 65 million pounds, which may reduce summer spending. Kompany will likely look to his former club City to loan players to give them the experience of the championship.

Kompany stuck to his philosophy on good times and bad because of his belief in the way he wanted to play, even if it was detrimental in the short term.

“There was a touch of Pep in his way of playing the game,” says de Vliger. “He was ready to take on the challenge not only to be the challenge of Anderlecht but also a huge challenge in Brussels, which means that all the young players from Brussels will get their chance in the first team and play his way of football and get the best results out of him.

The motto was “Trust in the process”. In moments it seemed fine but the problem was when there were good young players like them Sambi Lokonga had to let him go to Arsenal Because they needed the money. This was very difficult for Kompany: trying to achieve something with the young players knowing if they did a good job, they would have to sell them.”

The desire to play exciting football with a group of young players delighted Anderlecht but the performances were inconsistent. There was a count of finding the next talent from the academy whenever a rising star was sold. At Burnley, there is no successful academy to use, so Kompany will have to search extensively to find his new team.

Kompany is not the final article as a manager – to get to the top, he’ll need to be more pragmatic, especially in a competitive league like championship. Craig Bellamy’s access to the technical staff may provide the much-needed second opinion Kompany requires.

“I don’t think he made big mistakes, but I think the big difference for him is that he has a philosophy of playing the game, the way he’s played with Pep and City, but it’s been done by some very talented and quality players,” says de Vliger. You need good players, and if you don’t have that level of player, you have to change your approach a little bit because you play against yourself more than your opponents. Sometimes his team was a bigger problem than the opponent.”

Kompany’s return to England is comforting given that his wife is from Manchester and his three children were born in the area. It offers a logical path back to the Premier League and a chance to prove he can manage City one day, as his statue stands outside the stadium. However, it will not be easy to start from scratch.

There is no doubt that Kompany has the ability to make things right but he will need time and resources and they could be luxuries that Burnley, like Anderlecht, cannot afford.