Bundesliga – “A huge risk”: Vincent Kompany at Bayern Munich, deciphering an unexpected choice

He left Germany through the back door as a player, at the end of a conflict with Hamburg, in 2008. He returned through the back door as a coach. Vincent Kompany was appointed as the new coach of Bayern Munich on Wednesday for three years. The Belgian, 38, full-time coach for four years, Anderlecht and Burnley on the CV, will take Thomas Tuchel’s place.

Unthinkable on paper just a few days ago, but very real. “I was shocked when I read this informationimmediately launches our British colleague from Eurosport, Pete Sharland. I think Kompany is promising as a manager, but going to a big club like Bayern Munich seems crazy to me.”

England is very well placed to judge the development of the person concerned as a technician, having seen him wear the Manchester City jersey for eleven seasons. His exciting Burnley won the Championship title in his first season on the Clarets bench, in 2022-2023. But last season was that of returning to earth, with a 19th place and relegation recorded at the beginning of May.

Vincent Kompany with Burnley

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Far from the first choice

“The promotion season has been super impressive,” recalls Pete Sharland. But the technician and his men have not confirmed within the elite, despite spending more than 110 million euros on the transfer market last summer. So who is to blame ? The players not at the level, or the coach?

“At the moment I’m leaning towards both. I think Kompany doesn’t really seem to have a plan B when things go really bad. The Burnley team wasn’t great, but only five wins all season? It has a lot to do with the manager for me.”

How, then, could a coach who had never been linked to bigger clubs in England end up in the good books of one of the biggest clubs in the world? “Kompany, of course, was far from the first choice”, reminds us Dennis Melzer, from Eurosport Germany. And for good reason, the third in the Bundesliga has suffered numerous refusals, from Xabi Alonso to Julian Nagelsmann via Ralf Rangnick.

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Not to mention internal disagreements. “In the end, the sports bosses Christoph Freund and Max Eberl prevailed against the strong men in the background, Uli Hoeneß and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. Hoeneß apparently wanted Hansi Flick to return to FC Bayern until the very end. This would have been the ‘simplest’ solution. explains our colleague.

Contacts between the two parties have in any case been “facilities” by Pep Guardiola, as explained on Tuesday by Rummenigge. Kompany is, like Arteta, one of the disciples of the Catalan technician, who made him his captain. And the latter are fashionable on the market, like Enzo Maresca, Guardiola’s assistant in 2022-2023, coach of Leicester who returned to the Premier League this season, and expected on the Chelsea bench.

“Kompany is considered a coach with a future, continues Dennis Melzer. I think Bayern are a bit hoping that he becomes a sort of Xabi Alonso 2.0. But in Munich you don’t have the peace of mind that you have in Leverkusen or Burnley, because now you are at one of the biggest clubs in the world. Bayern coaches usually don’t have much time to establish themselves. After only a few defeats, criticism rose and the calm was over. “It’s a decision that carries enormous risk.”

Risky decision or bold choice, time will give us the answer. One thing is certain, since the departure of… Pep Guardiola in 2016, Bayern has struggled to find stability on its bench.

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Vincent Kompany on the Burnley bench

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