Bayern Munich appoint Vincent Kompany as head coach

The 38-year-old Belgian departs Burnley to join the Bundesliga team

By Web Desk
May 29, 2024
Thomas Tuchel left Bayern this month as the club finished third in the Bundesliga. - Bayern Munich

Vincent Kompany named new head coach of Bayern Munich for a three-year term.

Following the two clubs' agreement on a compensation amount, rumoured to be £10.2 million, the 38-year-old Belgian departs Burnley to join the Bundesliga team, succeeding Thomas Tuchel.

Kompany won the Championship with Burnley in 2022-23; however, after placing 19th in the Premier League this season, the Clarets were demoted.

"It's a great honour to be able to work for this club - FC Bayern is an institution in international football," said the former Manchester City defender.

After retiring from the game in 2020, Kompany moved from Anderlecht to Burnley in 2022, where he last year inked a five-year contract extension.

However, he didn't respond to inquiries about his future following the Clarets' season-ending home loss to Nottingham Forest.

Despite their early optimism that Kompany would stay at Turf Moor, Burnley stated that "the changing dynamics of the situation" made it unfeasible.

"We understand the allure and prestige of a club like Bayern Munich and respect Vincent’s ambition to explore new opportunities," the club said.

Tuchel left Bayern this month as the club finished third in the Bundesliga - their worst league position since 2010-11.

Bayern have struggled to find a replacement for Tuchel, whose initial exit was announced in February.

Bayer Leverkusen boss Xabi Alonso, Germany manager Julian Nagelsmann and current Austria coach Ralf Rangnick have all turned down the job.

"Vincent Kompany is a type of coach who fits in very well with FC Bayern's playing philosophy and identity," said Bayern's sporting director Christoph Freund.

"He is a young, very ambitious coach who brings a lot of international experience, has his finger on the pulse of the players and knows exactly what should happen on the pitch."

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