6 Managers Who Got Bigger Jobs From Small Clubs As Kompany Nears Bayern Munich Role

6 Managers Who Got Bigger Jobs From Small Clubs As Kompany Nears Bayern Munich Role

Elijah Odetokun
May 25, 2024 at 12:17 PM
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  • Vincent Kompany is close to being appointed as Bayern Munich boss
  • The Belgian manager relegated Burnley from the Premier League
  • The football world is questioning why the Germans are in for him

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Bayern Munich are closing in on appointing Vincent Kompany as their next manager to replace Thomas Tuchel, who, despite late attempts to make him stay, left the club after a trophyless season.

The news has tongues wagging from fans on social media as the links came days after the former Manchester City defender relegated Burnley from the Premier League.

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Vincent Kompany applauds the Burnley fans after losing 2-1 to Nottingham Forest at Turf Moor on the Premier League's final day on May 19, 2024. Photo by Richard Sellers.
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His potential appointment is not the first time a manager has moved his career a notch higher despite being underwhelming in his previous jobs.

Sports Brief looks at five managers who ‘failed upwards’ in their career, as first called by Planet Football.

Managers who failed upwards

1. Wayne Rooney

The Manchester United legend’s managerial career has been underwhelming so far, with stints at Derby County, DC United, and Birmingham City. His move to the Blues after failing with the MLS side raised eyebrows and proved to be a bad move. Birmingham moved from a playoff spot to relegation in his 15 games in charge.

2. Frank Lampard

The Chelsea legend is one of football’s great players who has had trouble managing. He began his career at Derby County, and after finishing sixth and losing the playoffs, similarly to the season before him, he was hired by his former club. He guided the team to a fourth-place finish and was sacked midway through the second season.

3. Carlo Ancelotti

Fair to him, he is one of football’s most successful managers. He had his low moment managing Everton in the Premier League before Real Madrid came calling for the second time. He has won two league titles in his second spell and is on course for a second UEFA Champions League trophy.

4. Roberto Martinez

The highest moment of his career was winning the 2013 FA Cup with Wigan Athletic, even though they were relegated from the Premier League days later. He joined Everton immediately and led them to a fifth-place finish in the first season. Two seasons later, he left on a low after fans called for his removal.

He was appointed Belgium's national team manager, and after six years and zero trophies with their golden generation, he left at the end of the 2022 World Cup. A few months later, he was hired to replace Fernando Santos as Portugal's national team boss.

5. Scott Parker

AFC Bournemouth sacked Parker after losing 9-0 to Liverpool in the fourth game of the season. He was hired by Club Brugge months later but was sacked again after two wins in almost five months. He has remained without a job since.

6. Ronald Koeman

Koeman was a successful Eredivisie manager and performed fairly in his other jobs outside of the Netherlands. After a Europa League finish in his first year, he nearly relegated Everton before he was sacked in 2017. He managed his country for two years without success before coming back at Barcelona.

Crazy managerial appointments

Sports Brief analysed three crazy managerial appointments after Bayern Munich agreed with Burnley to hire manager Vincent Kompany.

The former Manchester City defender relegated Burnley from the Premier League, picking up 24 points and five wins, but will head the biggest club in Germany next year.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.