Burnley appoint former Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany as new manager

Vincent Kompany has been appointed as the new manager of Burnley. Credit: PA Images

Former Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has been appointed as the new manager of Burnley FC.

The 36-year-old has joined the club after quitting as head coach of Anderlecht in Belgium, where he spent three years.

The former Belgium international said: "Burnley Football Club is a truly historic English side and it is an honour to be appointed first-team manager."

In an announcement video on their social media, Burnley dubbed the appointment as "a new era" for the club.

Kompany takes over from caretaker Mike Jackson, who replaced Sean Dyche in April but could not save the club from relegation to the Championship.

'I’m excited by the challenge ahead," he added.

"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.

"I’ve been impressed by the board’s vision for the club which aligns with my own and I look forward to playing my part as we enter an important season."

Chairman Alan Pace says the team has appointed a “proven leader”.

"We are absolutely delighted to welcome Vincent to Burnley Football Club,” he said.

"Vincent is a proven leader and I’ve been very impressed with his ideas for Burnley Football Club, his appetite to succeed and his focus on leading the club back to the Premier League.

"Vincent has shown impressive credentials in leading one of Belgium’s biggest teams back to European football and a cup final last season and we’ve been excited by his philosophy, approach and ambition for the club."