Vincent Kompany: Burnley's 'Strong' Statement Suggests Club Had to Let Manager Head to Bayern Munich

Vincent Kompany: Burnley's 'Strong' Statement Suggests Club Had to Let Manager Head to Bayern Munich

Rene Otinga
updated at May 30, 2024 at 6:28 AM
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  • Vincent Kompany was confirmed as Bayern Munich manager on Wednesday, May 29
  • The Belgian joined the Bavarians just days after suffering relegation with the Clarets
  • Burnley released a statement suggesting the club did not want to let go of Kompany

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Burnley confirmed the departure of their manager, Vincent Kompany, through a strongly-worded statement on Wednesday, May 29.

The 38-year-old has succeeded Thomas Tuchel as Bavarians manager, having signed a deal with the German giants until June 2027.

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Former Burnley manager, Vincent Kompany, at Turf Moor on May 19, 2024, just days before Bayern Munich appointed him as their new boss. Photo: Richard Sellers.
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The former Manchester City star had a decent reputation in his fairly young managerial career. In his first season in charge of the club, he guided Burnley to promotion.

However, his Premier League stint with the Clarets did not go according to plan, with the club suffering relegation after a 19th-place finish.

According to the BBC, Burnley and Bayern Munich agreed on a fee of £10 million for Kompany's services.

Burnley’s statement on Kompany joining Bayern

Despite the hefty compensation, the Championship club strongly suggested in a statement shared on the club website that they were unwilling to let go of their manager.

In the statement, Burnley said the club was 'initially confident' of retaining Kompany but admitted the allure and prestige of a club like Bayern made it impossible to achieve their wish.

The club's official statement also described 'changing dynamics of the situation':

"We can confirm that Burnley FC has come to an agreement that will allow Vincent Kompany to leave Turf Moor.
"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."

Burnley also stated that the search for a new manager had begun and an announcement would be made in due course.

Kompany’s managerial history

After hanging up his professional boots in 2020, Kompany immediately took his first steps towards becoming a football manager.

In 2019, he returned to his native Belgium to become player-manager at Brussels-based club, Anderlecht. However, after the club’s worst start to a season since the 1998–99 season, he focused solely on being a player until his retirement a year later.

Once he secured the permanent managerial job at Anderlecht, Kompany finished third in the league before taking the Burnley job in 2022, per Transfermarkt.

He guided the Clarets back to the Premier League on the first attempt, winning the Championship title in 2022/2023.

Fans react to Kompany’s appointment

Sports Brief also recently reported on how fans reacted to Kompany’s Bayern appointment after the news broke.

Sections of sceptics claimed the German giants would continue to struggle, calling the appointment a big gamble.

Bayer Leverkusen's Xabi Alonso and Germany boss, Julian Nagelsmann, are among those who turned Bayern down.

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Rene Otinga is a sports journalist with over eight years of working experience in digital media. Rene's experience includes working as a Copywriter at X News Kenya and