Why Bayern Munich want Vincent Kompany despite Burnley’s relegation

Vincent Kompany is on Bayern Munich’s shortlist to replace Thomas Tuchel at the Allianz Arena despite winning just five Premier League games as Burnley were relegated.

Vincent Kompany is in Bayern Munich’s sights(Ben Roberts (Danehouse/Getty Images)

He managed just five Premier League wins as Burnley were relegated, but Bayern Munich are eyeing Vincent Kompany.

These facts seem wildly contradictory, but not to anyone who has seen Kompany work up close. Burnley majority owner and chairman Alan Pace now believes in Kompany as fully as when he appointed him two years ago.

Pace never considered sacking Kompany, even though Burnley, rebuilt at a cost of £92m in the summer, spent the entire season in the bottom three of the Premier League. His faith in Kompany has only grown and the American is convinced that Kompany is the right man to win a second promotion with Burnley next season.

Other clubs have taken notice of the work Kompany has done to transform Burnley and Brighton looked at him, even before they sacked Roberto De Zerbi on Saturday. Bayern’s interest outweighs Brighton’s and Pace and his board could face a real fight to keep Kompany if the German giants make an official approach.

So far they have not done so and Kompany is understood to be on their shortlist to succeed Thomas Tuchel. They see a lot in Kompany and the former Manchester City star is the same leader he was at Etihad and Anderlecht before arriving at Turf Moor.

He is front and center and has the same inspiring presence that he was as a City player. His fingerprints are everywhere in Burnley. He approves all the signings, he talks to the incoming players, he is an excellent coach and his open style of play is down to him.

Kompany was never going to abandon his principles to survive in the Premier League and Burnley never strayed from their possession-based aerial game. He made mistakes, Kompany knows this, but Pace believes he has built a structure for Burnley to regain their place in the Premier League and thrive in the top flight.

Sean Dyche kept Burnley in the top flight for five seasons before being sacked, but he was never as coveted as the “sexier” Kompany. Kompany have taken the first steps to reshape their squad for the Championship and Jack Cork and Johan Berg Gudmundsson have been released.