Vincent Kompany becomes the highest paid coach in the English second division: Burnley wants to introduce a Belgian coach today


It was a difficult delivery, but Burnley today introduces Vincent Kompany (36) as coach. With around 2.9 million euros a year, he becomes the highest paid coach in The Championship – the English second division – and must guide Burnley back to the Premier League. Many old acquaintances may end up in Kompany’s staff and core: from Craig Bellamy to Taylor Harwood-Bellis.

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Burnley fans were already getting impatient. Kompany has been linked to their club since April 29, but his appointment was still weeks away. The problem was his English work permit. Kompany may have played football for Man City for ten years and his children were also born in England, but the paperwork has become more complex since Brexit. In between, Borussia Mönchengladbach and OG Nice also polled, but now everything is arranged with Burnley.

Kompany signs a multi-year contract at Turf Moore – possibly for three years – and will become the highest paid manager in The Championship, according to local sources. He would receive an annual salary of about 2.9 million euros and a bonus for promotion.

Follow old acquaintances

However, the latter will not be an easy task. Burnley have just been relegated from the Premier League and the club is in need of a complete restructure. American owner Alan Pace wants to get rid of it kick-and-rushfootball with mostly (older) English players. That’s why the American is investing in Kompany to bring more modern football with younger recruits.

The Belgian coach will already have a lot of say. He can compose his technical staff himself and before that the names of Craig Bellamy and Simon Davies were already mentioned, but other Anderlecht loyalists such as Rodyse Munienge and Floribert Ngalula would also follow. As for players, the former Red Devil also seems to go fishing in a well-known pond. At Burnley, no fewer than nine players are out of contract and two strong holders will be sold. To replace them, The Clarets linked to Makhtar Gueye (KVO), Josh Cullen (Anderlecht), Mandela Keita (OHL), but also Man City youngsters such as Taylor Harwood-Bellis (ex-Anderlecht).

Burnley may remain a wealthy club compared to Belgian clubs, but the trees do not grow into the sky either. It is a construction site and the club will soon have to repay a loan of 75 million euros – which was taken out for the acquisitions. Due to the relegation to The Championship, about 110 million euros in TV money from the Premier League also disappears, but that is still absorbed in the first season by the so-called parachute payments.

No money for Anderlecht

Vincent Kompany will therefore have to be creative. He has to achieve results and at the same time adapt to the intense, physical English second class. The advantage is that his wife Carla and children Sienna, Caleb and Kai are happy to be able to live again in Manchester, an hour’s drive from Burnley.

Anderlecht itself is no longer involved in this deal. In the Lotto Park, Kompany’s contract until 2024 was terminated by mutual agreement at the end of May, as a result of which Burnley no longer has to pay anything to Anderlecht.


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