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▶ Vincent Kompany named Bayern Munich manager [2024/06/01   ]

Bayern Munich have confirmed Vincent Kompany’s shock arrival as their new head coach on a three-year contract.

Telegraph Sport revealed last week that Kompany was on the brink of moving to the Allianz Arena despite being relegated with Burnley, with the two clubs agreeing compensation for the 38-year-old.

Bayern will pay more than £10 million for Kompany, who signed a new five-year deal at Turf Moor last year. He succeeds Thomas Tuchel, who lasted one season with the German giants and departed after failing to win Bundesliga.

“It’s a privilege, it’s an honour, but I’m excited and the feeling is really positive,” said Kompany.

Tuchel held talks over staying at Bayern after guiding them to the Champions League semi-final but it was confirmed he would leave this summer. Bayern looked at several options, holding talks with Ralf Rangnick and making enquiries over Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag.

Moving for Kompany was a surprise, given his relegation with Burnley, where his team won only five times over the season and picked up 24 points.

However, Pep Guardiola has consistently hailed him as an eventual Manchester City manager, having lifted four Premier Leagues as captain during his time at the Etihad Stadium. After a first spell coaching at Anderlecht in his homeland, the way he guided Burnley to the Championship title caught the attention of bigger clubs.

“Vincent is the type of coach who fits in very well with Bayern’s playing philosophy and identity,” said Bayern sporting director Christoph Freund. “His teams want the ball, and want to play dominant and high-intensity football. He’s a young, very ambitious coach with a lot of international experience. He has his finger on the pulse when it comes to the players and knows exactly what needs to happen on the pitch. He can and will give our team an enormous amount.”

The Bayern job will represent a huge step up for Kompany in his coaching career, even if he has experience of the biggest stage with City and Belgium. His squad will include Harry Kane and Eric Dier – both of whom he faced as a player – and will be looking to improve on

last season’s third-placed finish when the club failed to win the Bundesliga after 11 successive titles.

“I like players who are brave on the ball but I was also a very aggressive player and I want the team to be aggressive,” Kompany said. “I see Bayern as an institution but I’m looking forward to the simple things – working with the players and the people inside the building

and creating something described as a team. After that the rest will follow.”

Burnley confirmed in a statement: “Whilst we were initially confident in retaining our manager, the changing dynamics of the situation made this impossible. We understand the allure and prestige of a club like Bayern Munich and respect Vincent’s ambition to explore new opportunities.

“We wish only the best for Vincent and would like to put on record our appreciation for his dedication every single day he was a part of this football club. Our priority remains the stability and success of Burnley FC, and we will continue to take the necessary steps to ensure that our ambition is realised – namely our return to the Premier League.”

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