Vincent Kompany the next Burnley manager?

Vincent Kompany is said to be the frontrunner to take over at Burnley.

Since Sean Dyche was unexpectedly sacked, Under-23s coach Mike Jackson has been acting as temporary manager, aided by centre-back Ben Mee.

However, Burnley chairman Alan Pace is scouting candidates to take over full-time from Dyche as his ten-year reign comes to an end. Kompany is Pace’s ‘top candidate,’ according to the Manchester Evening News.

However, it is possible only if Burnley will avoid relegation on the final day of the season.

Manchester City legend Kompany is approaching the end of his second season as manager of Anderlecht. He has led the Belgian team to three consecutive third-place finishes and is presently playing in the league play-offs to determine the league champion.

The Belgian is a City legend, having made 360 appearances in 11 seasons and earning 10 major awards.

He left the Etihad Stadium at the end of the 2018/19 season to become player-manager at Anderlecht. He will retire in August 2020, but he has agreed to a four-year contract extension as head coach.

Anderlecht have won 42 of Kompany’s 91 games in charge.

The Belgian domestic season concludes with a set of play-off matches, with the league divided into sections, and Anderlecht will play their final game of the season on Sunday.

Kompany won four Premier League titles with City and appeared in 265 league games during his 12-year tenure at the Etihad.

Yet, Kompany is not the favourite to take up the job at Burnley.

Despite Derby’s relegation to League One, Wayne Rooney was considered a frontrunner to take over at Burnley.

Former Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has also been linked with the Turf Moor position.

Surprisingly, former Burnley midfielder Joey Barton is the favourite to earn the job, according to some bookmakers.

The current manager of League Two team Bristol Rovers played 14 times for the Clarets in 2017.

Since guiding Bristol Rovers to an automatic promotion to League One, Barton’s stock has increased.

In addition, the success could mean the former City player is instead focussing on another season in charge.

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