4 reasons why Bayern Munich have turned to Vincent Kompany

Bayern Munich will appoint Vincent Kompany, the recently relegated Burnley manager, as their new coach.

This is as puzzling as it sounds.

The former Manchester City defender endured a terrible 2023/24 season in charge of Burnley, losing 24 Premier League games to quickly be relegated to the Championship.

So why did Bayern Munich hire him?

Xabi Alonso

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Xabi Alonso, Roger Schmidt, Roberto De Zerbi, Julian Nagelsmann, Ralf Rangnick, Joachim Löw.

That is the list of coaches who have rejected the opportunity to replace Thomas Tuchel at Bayern Munich ahead of the 2024/25 Bundesliga season.

Vincent Kompany was apparently the only person in the world who wanted the Bayern job, so by default he’s getting it.

Jurgen Klopp

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So, with all senior managers either unavailable or unwilling to accept the role in 2024, it can be argued that Bayern are making a provisional appointment before Jurgen Klopp potentially hits the market in 2025.

After leaving Liverpool, Klopp will take a year off before returning to the game, with Bayern Munich likely high on his list of possible next destinations.

Hiring an interim coach before their top target is available next year is a tactic Bayern have used before, hiring Pep Guardiola after his one-year hiatus from the sport in 2013. Don’t be surprised if they pull it off. We’re doing something similar right now.

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Burnley were a real farce in the Premier League. Their 24 points, 24 losses and only five wins throughout the season attest to this.

However, in the Championship, under Kompany they played possibly the best football we have ever seen in the English second division. His 101 points, 87 goals and 29 wins attest to this.

Featuring the most talented group of players in the division, Kompany’s dynamic 4-3-3 formation was incredibly effective in allowing his team to maintain control of the pace of games and also create plenty of opportunities.

It didn’t work without the best players in the division last season, of course, but with a team as talented as Bayern’s it could be very effective again.


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No, not as a manager.

Obviously not as a manger.

However, as a player, Kompany was a true and undeniable winner. The legendary defender won four Premier League titles, four EFL Cups and two FA Cups during his time at Manchester City, and that winning experience, although not as a manager, remains a valuable asset in the game.

If he can bring that winning mentality to Bayern next season as the club’s new coach, he might surprise some people.