The former Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has been appointed Burnley’s manager. The 36-year-old former Belgium international quit as head coach at Anderlecht, where he spent three years, in May.
“Burnley Football Club is a truly historic English side and it is an honour to be appointed first-team manager,” said Kompany, who takes over from caretaker Mike Jackson, who replaced Sean Dyche in April but could not save the club from relegation to the Championship. “I’m excited by the challenge ahead. I’m looking forward to getting to work with the players and creating a positive, winning team for our fans when we return to Turf Moor.
“I’ve been impressed by the board’s vision for the club which aligns with my own and I look forward to playing my part as we enter an important season.”
Kompany enjoyed a glittering 11-year career at City, leading the club to four Premier League titles, two FA Cups and four League Cups.
“Vincent is a proven leader and I’ve been very impressed with his ideas for Burnley Football Club, his appetite to succeed and his focus on leading the club back to the Premier League,” said Burnley’s chairman, Alan Pace.
“He 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.”