Vincent Kompany to Bayern Munich? A Look at The Craziest Managerial Appointments in Football

Vincent Kompany to Bayern Munich? A Look at The Craziest Managerial Appointments in Football

Martin Moses
updated at May 23, 2024 at 6:36 AM
In this article:
Vincent Kompany logo
V. Kompany
-DBelgium logo
Bayern Munich logo
Bayern Munich
G. Neville
-DEngland logo
  • Vincent Kompany has emerged as a strong contender to become Bayern Munich's coach
  • The Belgian saw his Burnley side relegated after winning only five Premier League games
  • Sports Brief looks at some of the other crazy managerial appointments in football history

PAY ATTENTION: Checkout Fixtures; Live Scores; Results and Tables section on Sports Brief and never miss out on the action ⚽️

Bayern Munich possibly didn't think it would be this hard to find a manager after deciding to part ways with Thomas Tuchel at the end of the season.

The decision was made in February, giving the Bavarian giants ample time to find a replacement - or so, one would have thought.

Vincent Kompany, Frank Rijkaard, Gary Neville, David Moyes, Bayern Munich
Vincent Kompany is reportedly poised to become the next Bayern Munich manager. Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images.
Source: Getty Images

But three months later, at least four managers have reportedly turned them down - five if you include Tuchel's insistence on leaving despite Bayern reportedly backing down and willing to offer him a new deal.

Fabrizio Romano now reports that the German side are in advanced talks to sign Vincent Kompany in what is expected to be a 'weird' managerial appointment if it goes through.

No disrespect to Kompany - he was a decent player, but his recent relegation with Burnley, despite the dominant Championship season before that, will be a constant stain on his CV.

Hiring a manager who only conjured up five wins in the Premier League doesn't look like elite business from Bayern on paper.

Weirdest managerial appointments

But as Sports Brief delves into it, there have been crazier managerial appointments over the years. Some of them actually turned out well. Here's our top three:

1. Frank Rijkaard - Barcelona

Frank Rijkaard became the first manager to relegate Sparta Rotterdam in the club's history when they went down to the second division in 2002.

Despite the relegation and subsequent dismissal, Barcelona opted to trust him in 2003, much to the discontentment of the fans at that time.

The decision didn't make sense at the time but fast-forward. Rijkaard was the man who returned Barca to its glory, winning two La Liga titles, a first Champions League title in 14 years, and, most importantly, gave Lionel Messi his debut.

His record was dwarfed by his successor, Pep Guardiola, but in hindsight, he did overachieve, given the circumstances when he took over.

Kompany to Munich doesn't sound that weird now, does it?

2. David Moyes - Real Sociedad

As far as good recommendations go, David Moyes came in highly recommended at Manchester United in 2013. Sir Alex Ferguson had touted him as his ideal successor, but his reign only lasted 10 months.

One would have thought that the calamitous spell had irreparably damaged his reputation, but the Scot picked himself up and threw himself back into management six months later.

The only thing weird is that few expected him to go all the way to Spain to restart his career by taking over the Real Sociedad job. He failed to get it going in Basque and was sacked a year later.

3. Gary Neville - Valencia

Gary Neville's only prior managerial experience before he was appointed as coach of Valencia in 2015 was being one of the assistant England managers. Additionally, he wasn't very fluent in Spanish, and fans at the Mestalla were surprised by this decision.

Neville's side suffered an embarrassing 7-0 defeat to Barcelona in the Copa Del Rey semi-final, which came after the club had failed to win any La Liga match since he took over.

The celebrated right-back lost 11 games of the 28 he took charge of, according to Transfermarkt stats. He was sacked in March 2016, three months after he was appointed. Neville has never returned to management since then.

Managers who could replace Pochettino

Sports Brief has also previously reported on the potential managers who could replace Mauricio Pochettino at the helm of Chelsea.

The Blues announced the Argentine would leave the club by mutual consent despite the consistent run of form at the end of the season.

Ipswich Town's Kieran McKenna and soon-to-be former Brighton and Hove Albion boss, Roberto De Zerbi, are among the frontrunners.

Martin Moses photo
Martin Moses
Martin Moses is a sports journalist with over five years of experience in media. He graduated from Multimedia University of Kenya (Bachelor of Journalism, 2017-2021)