FC Bayern: Why Vincent Kompany could be the right choice

FC Bayern: Why Vincent Kompany could be the right choice

Is the long search for a coach at FC Bayern coming to an end? With Vincent Kompany, an inexperienced coach could succeed Thomas Tuchel. And yet the Belgian brings a lot to the table to help the record champions regain their former glory.

FC Bayern Munich has had one rejection after the next on the coaching market in recent months. Xabi Alonso, Julian Nagelsmann, Ralf Rangnick, and most recently Thomas Tuchel, who has long been on leave – they all publicly rejected the once so respected coaching position with the German record champions. The season on Säbener Straße was therefore not just a sporting debacle.

Now it seems that Vincent Kompany will be the target. The Belgian appears quite surprisingly in the long list of coaching candidates, after all, the young trainer’s sporting record is mixed. After two years on the sidelines at his youth club RSC Anderlecht, Kompany moved to the English second division club Burnley in 2022. There he managed to get promoted to the Premier League straight away, but last season the “Clarets” were relegated again as second to last.

From city icon to city coach?

Despite the messed up season, people on the island speak highly of Kompany. He managed to turn a staid team into a functioning team that embodies attractive offensive football. One of his biggest advocates is Kompany’s former coach Pep Guardiola. “One day he will sit here and represent Manchester City,” said the Spaniard after a game against Burnley. It was Kompany’s “destination to become a coach here.”

And indeed, it was at Manchester City that Kompany experienced his greatest moments as an active player. For eleven years he was a pillar of the Citizens’ central defence, won four English league titles and led Guardiola’s star ensemble onto the field as captain. City’s former president Francis Lee described Kompany as “the best central defender to ever play for the club”. After his retirement, the club even erected a statue of its icon in front of the Etihad Stadium.

Kompany, he once said, learned the craft of coaching during his years under Guardiola. The style of play he demands from his teams reflects this. Kompany relies on short passes, lots of ball possession, changes of position and an extremely offensive orientation. All virtues that FC Bayern would like to stand for again, but that the club has only rarely brought onto the pitch in the past two years.

Vincent Kompany: Loved and feared by players

Kompany is considered to be extremely communicative when dealing with players. He speaks fluent French, English and German, which is known to be an important employment requirement at Säbener Straße. The Bundesliga is no stranger to him either. Before his time in Manchester, he laced up his football boots for HSV. Between 2006 and 2008, the defender scored one goal and one assist in 29 Bundesliga games, and Kompany was also extremely popular with the Rothosen. Someone who takes people with him, a figure of identification.

Former Bayern striker Joshua Zirkzee, who was loaned to Anderlecht in the 2021/22 season, has high praise for his former coach. Kompany would “transfer his belief to the players” and ensure the team was hot every day.

The novice sometimes uses clear words for this. In the VOOsport documentary series “Mauve”, which looks behind the scenes at RSC Anderlecht, he snaps at his team in front of the camera in one scene. The team has wasted its time, the coach shouts angrily in the scene. “It would have been better to send the U21s.” The clip went viral on social media after the documentary was released.

Talks about a transfer fee have already been concluded. The personnel has not yet been decided, but in Munich they hope to finish the search for a coach by the end of the week.

Remaining doubts as to whether Kompany can lift the great FC Bayern back to the top of German football after a relegation season with Burnley are justified. In Munich, however, Kompany would be given the player caliber and confidence he needs for his courageous style of play. What at first glance seems like a last ditch effort could turn out to be a smart move after a long search.


Source: Stern

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