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Burnley appoint Vincent Kompany as manager

by Oviri Kelvin, Sports Editor, Abuja

Former Manchester City captain, Vincent Kompany, has been appointed as the new head coach of Burnley. The club sacked long-serving manager Sean Dyche in April after a streak of poor results.

Though Dyche’s assistant Mike Jackson was appointed to oversee the squad and ensure he sustains their Premier League status, he fell into the deep with a 2-1 loss at Turf Moor to Newcastle to consign Clarets to English Championship football.

Burnley chairman Alan Pace has been on the watch for Kompany, who he believes can turn the fortune of the club around to return to the English topflight football division. Kompany, 36, was the former boss of Belgian club Anderlecht and guided the team to a top-three finish in the Belgian First Division A last season.

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“Burnley is a truly historic English side and it is an honour to be appointed first-team manager,” Kompany told Sky Sports. “I’m excited by the challenge ahead. “I’m looking forward to getting to work with the players and creating a positive, winning team for our fans when we return to Turf Moor,” he added.

Meanwhile, Clarets’ chairman Alan Pace has commended the signing of Kompany and stressed he is impressed with the plans the Belgian has for the club. “Vincent is a proven leader and I’ve been very impressed with his ideas for Burnley, his appetite to succeed and his focus on leading the club back to the Premier League,”

Pace said. Pace also noted that Kompany has rich credentials having managed Belgium’s biggest teams to European tourneys and a Cup final last season.

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