Bayern Munich have appointed Vincent Kompany as their new head coach

Bayern Munich on Wednesday appointed Vincent Kompany as the German giants’ new coach on a three-year deal.

Kompany, 38, joined Bayern despite his Burnley side being relegated from the Premier League this season.

«I am looking forward to the challenge of FC Bayern. It is a great honor to work for this club – FC Bayern is an institution in international football,” Kompany said in a club statement.

«Now I’m looking forward to the basics: working with the players, building the team. Once the foundation is right, success will follow.”

Kompany’s signing ended Bayern’s grueling search for a replacement for Thomas Tuchel following the club’s first trophyless season in 12 years.

Bayern announced Tuchel would leave at the end of the season in February after falling behind eventual champions Bayer Leverkusen in the title race.

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

After taking over at Burnley in July 2022, Kompany guided the Clarets to promotion from the Second Division Championship in his first season in charge.

They struggled for promotion to the Premier League, winning just five games and picking up 24 points, the club’s lowest total in its history.

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

«Vincent Kompany is the type of coach who fits very well with FC Bayern’s playing philosophy and identity,» said Sporting Director Christoph Freund.

«He is a young, very ambitious coach with a lot of international experience.

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«When it comes to players, he has his finger on the pulse and knows exactly what needs to happen on the pitch. He can and will give our team a tremendous amount.»

Kompany has Bundesliga experience, having played two seasons at Hamburg earlier in his playing career, and his ability to speak German was seen as a major asset to the Bayern management.

Burnley will reportedly receive £10 million ($13 million) in compensation for allowing their manager to leave.

«While we initially believed we would retain our manager, the changing dynamics of the situation made that impossible,» Burnley said in a statement.

«We understand the allure and prestige of a club like Bayern Munich and respect Vincent’s ambition to explore new opportunities.»

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