Vincent Kompany is a frontrunner to become the new Burnley manager

Manchester City legend Vincent Kompany is a frontrunner to become the new Burnley manager if the Clarets avoid relegation

  • Vincent Kompany is in contention to be named as the new manager of Burnley 
  • Appointment of Anderlecht boss is set to depend on Burnley avoiding relegation 
  • Chairman Alan Pace will accelerate club’s efforts to appoint a permanent boss

Vincent Kompany is a frontrunner to take over at Burnley if they retain their Premier League status on Sunday.

The Clarets will avoid the drop if they match Leeds United’s result when Newcastle United go to Turf Moor on the final day.

Chairman Alan Pace is set to accelerate the club’s efforts to finalise Sean Dyche’s permanent successor next week – and Kompany is considered a strong possibility.

Vincent Kompany is a frontrunner for the Burnley job if the Clarets manage to stay up

The 36-year-old has been managing his boyhood club Anderlecht since leaving Manchester City in 2019, guiding them to third in the Belgian top flight this term.

Kompany has remained tight-lipped on his future in recent weeks but is understood to be interested in the prospect of a move back to the North West.

Burnley chairman Alan Pace is eager to accelerate the club’s efforts to find a permanent boss

The appointment of Kompany is likely to hinge on whether Burnley avoid relegation

Burnley would need to offer Kompany guarantees over the club’s recruitment structure were he to agree a deal ahead of a crucial summer transfer window. Any new manager would want to further decrease the average age of the squad in a bid to become more competitive.

The landscape changes massively if interim manager Mike Jackson falls at the final hurdle in attempting to secure survival, however.

A ‘significant’ repayment of a £65million loan used to facilitate last year’s takeover by ALK Capital is required if they drop down into the Championship. Burnley believe they will be robust enough to cope but the figures represent an uncertain immediate future if Leeds pip them on Sunday.

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