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Bayern Munich appoint 38-year-old former Burnley coach Vincent Kompany on a 2-year contract

Bayern Munich, on Wednesday, appointed former Burnley boss Vincent Kompany as their new coach on a three-year contract.

The 38-year-old former Manchester City captain joins Bayern despite seeing his Burnley team relegated from the Premier League this season.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge of FC Bayern. It’s a great honour to be able to work for this club – FC Bayern is an institution in international football,” said Kompany in a club statement.

“I’m now looking forward to the basics: working with the players, building a team. Once the basis is right, success will follow.”

Kompany’s hiring brings to an end Bayern’s exhaustive search for a replacement for Thomas Tuchel after the club’s first trophyless season in 12 years, where he announced his departure at the end of the season in February after falling behind eventual champions Bayer Leverkusen in the title race.

Meanwhile, Leverkusen coach Xabi Alonso, Germany boss Julian Nagelsmann, and Austria manager Ralf Rangnick reportedly turned down Bayern’s interest.

Kompany led the Clarets to promotion from the second-tier championship in his first season in charge after taking over at Burnley in July 2022, where they struggled with the step up to the Premier League, winning just five games and registering 24 points – the club’s lowest top-flight tally in their history.

However, Kompany retained the backing of his old coach at Manchester City, Pep Guardiola, who advised his former club to go for the Belgian.

“Vincent Kompany is the type of coach who fits in very well with FC Bayern’s playing philosophy and identity,” said sporting director Christoph Freund.

“He’s a young, very ambitious coach with a lot of international experience.”

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