Management lessons from Pep Guardiola, the ‘state of the art’ facilities at Turf Moor and a reunion with manager Craig Bellamy… Burnley’s new boss Vincent Kompany provides an update ahead of his first season in the Championship
- Vincent Kompany has taken over at Burnley and is preparing for his first season
- He compared Burnley’s facilities to those of Man City when he joined in 2008
- The Belgian says Burnley have ‘state-of-the-art’ facilities at first press conference
- Kompany said he will take inspiration from Pep Guardiola’s management style at Turf Moor
- Craig Bellamy expected to join Kompany as coach despite leaving Anderlecht
Vincent Kompany recalls arriving at Manchester City days before the Abu Dhabi takeover in 2008 and finding a training ground with no coffee machine or toilet door.
As he put his feet under the table as Burnley manager on Friday, the decorated former City skipper was asked if there were any comparisons between the club he joined in 2008 and the one he he chose for his return to English football.
“This club is 10 times better,” Kompany replied emphatically at Burnley’s training complex.
Vincent Kompany will lead Burnley in the Championship in his first season at the club
The ex-Manchester City star was manager of Anderlecht in Belgium between 2020 and 2022
“It was Man City when it was taken over. It’s a state-of-the-art facility: fantastic pitches and everything we need to be extremely demanding of the players.
“But it’s a different era. Every club has invested since and Burnley is the same. It’s an amazing work environment.
“City back then was what it was. It was City. You just enjoyed playing for them and you didn’t expect much. It wasn’t about luxury. It’s a truly impressive Premier League facility.
The reality, however, is that Burnley are no longer a Premier League club. Relegation last month meant paying off much of a £65m loan and leaving half of the first team.
After cutting his teeth as a manager in difficult circumstances in Belgium with Anderlecht, Kompany entered the job with eyes wide open.
The Belgium defender admitted former boss Pep Guardiola inspired him as a manager
“I am ready for any scenario,” he added. “It really is a very tricky and dangerous time when you have these transitions. You can fall very low or rise very quickly.
“The difference between left and right is huge, just small details. Obviously, in my previous work, I found myself on the wrong side. We had already gone too far down the wrong path, and I can see that it paralyzes the club. I’m happy to be here long term.
Kompany, who won 10 major trophies in 11 years at City, declined to say if he spoke to Pep Guardiola before taking the job at Turf Moor. However, he will take inspiration from Guardiola’s management style, if not his style of football.
“I met this fantastic coach, the best in the world,” Kompany said. “The simple thing that I took away from Pep was not a style of football, he was the best at telling his players why they were doing things on the pitch; why you pass in a certain way, why you defend in a certain way. I can always tell my players why they are doing something.
Kompany won four Premier League titles, two FA Cups and four League Cups with Man City
It’s no surprise that Kompany can look to City for new players. He is expected to sign young defender CJ Egan-Riley and has been linked with Taylor Harwood-Bellis who had a difficult time under him on loan at Anderlecht. Burnley are also close to signing Dan Ballard from Arsenal and Scott Twine from MK Dons.
The 36-year-old has also confirmed that former City team-mate Craig Bellamy is set to join him in Burnley’s coaching staff, despite leaving his assistant coaching job at Anderlecht in September for work. mental health reasons.
“He’s someone I have huge respect for,” Kompany said. “He’s incredibly gifted and he’s a typical misunderstood guy who gives so much. If I can have him with me, I will.
Ex-Man City star Craig Bellamy quit coaching at Anderlecht due to mental health concerns
Kompany, whose father was a Congolese immigrant to Belgium, was asked to share his thoughts on the infamous ‘White Lives Matter’ banner which flew over Turf Moor two years ago.
“If you start judging an entire organization and people and players because a few idiots are flying a banner, there’s no way I’m associating the football club with that,” he said.
“It’s not black or white, you come in and work hard together to build something. Sometimes you change mindsets that way. I came to coach a football club, to write a story. I always stay true to my principles, no matter what.