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Vincent Kompany appointed new Burnley manager

Burnley have appointed Vincent Kompany as their new manager after the Belgian left his role as Anderlecht boss.

Burnley had been in talks with former Manchester City captain Kompany regarding their managerial position, following the decision to part company with long-serving boss Sean Dyche in April.

Mike Jackson stepped into the hotseat as caretaker manager but was unable to keep the club in the Premier League, with a 2-1 final-day defeat at home to Newcastle consigning the Clarets to relegation to the Championship.

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Analysis: Why has Kompany opted for Burnley?

The City legend has been keen to return to the North West in order to be closer to his wife Carla’s family, and opted for the Turf Moor post despite interest from Bundesliga outfit Borussia Monchengladbach.

Parachute payments will certainly help soften the blow, and Kompany will relish the atmosphere of two East Lancashire derbies against Blackburn. After Derby boss Wayne Rooney was also linked to the role, chairman Alan Pace has clearly targeted a young and hungry manager with a pull factor.

In some ways, it is the galvanising effect the former Manchester United striker had on the Midlands club, creating a siege mentality when it felt the world was against him and his team, that can be viewed as a source of inspiration for Kompany.

Burnley are ready to take a risk on him and vice-versa. One of the Premier League’s greatest defenders pitching up at Turf Moor feels a left-field Hollywood appointment that might have made more sense had their top-flight status been retained, but it is one that suits all parties.

Sky Sports’ Ben Grounds looks at what Burnley fans can expect from Kompany, the manager, and whether he can mastermind an immediate return to the Premier League…

Vincent Kompany and David Silva both won the Premier League title four times at Manchester City
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Vincent Kompany and David Silva both won the Premier League title four times at Manchester City

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