Burnley fears Belgium will move for Vincent Kompany as their next boss
Burnley ‘fear Belgium will leave for Vincent Kompany as their next boss’ after Roberto Martinez quit after a shock group stage at the World Cup – just six months after taking the lead among the championship leaders
Championship club Burnley reportedly fears an approach from the Belgian Football Association for their manager Vincent Kompany.
Kompany, 36, joined Burnley this summer after their relegation and has led them to the top of the Championship table – while also revolutionizing their style of play away from the exhausting football of Sean Dyche.
Belgium were knocked out of the World Cup in the group stage, bringing the curtain down on Roberto Martinez’s time in charge of the side. The Spaniard announced that the game against Croatia would be his last in a tearful speech at the post-game press conference.
Burnley fears a Belgian approach for former international Vincent Kompany after the departure of Roberto Martinez
They are now going through the process of drawing up a list of his potential replacements.
According to The TelegraphChampionship leaders are starting to worry that Kompany, who made 89 appearances for his country over a 15-year international career, could be on the list.
Kompany was in Qatar to cover the World Cup for the BBC.
Since leaving Manchester City, Kompany has shown his ambition as a coach – bouncing around looking for the right job, including some assistant roles and key jobs at Anderlecht and now Belgium.
Kompany has led Burnley to the top of the Championship and revolutionized their style of play
The publication notes that it remains unclear whether or not Kompany would view the job in Belgium as an advantage to his development as a coach at this stage.
Martinez was criticized at home and abroad for his squad and team selections in Qatar. He favored stars of the country’s famed “golden generation,” such as Eden Hazard, over perhaps younger, more viable current stars.
Whether or not the next generation that comes through in Belgium has the same talent as the previous one also remains a sticking point. There were also questions about the squad’s unity in Qatar – with several reports of infighting between members of the squad.
Kevin De Bruyne, a player known for his opinion, was asked in an interview whether or not they could win the World Cup. He curtly answered ‘no’, because they were ‘too old’. This would have led to some of the perceived harmony problems.
Martinez was emotional as Belgium crashed out of the World Cup in the group stage after a string of disappointing displays
“At this World Cup and at the European Championship we weren’t ourselves, that’s a bit embarrassing. We’ll see what happens, who stays, who doesn’t stay. Football It goes fast. There are already qualifying matches for the European Championship in March,” goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois told AS in the aftermath of their departure.
‘It’s hard to call yourself a ‘Golden Generation’ if you don’t win anything. We are not a golden generation, we are a generation with great talent and great players from all over Europe. We showed in Russia 2018 that we are a Belgium that plays good football.’
Their World Cup campaign, despite starting with a win against Canada in their opener, quickly turned sour and a defeat to Morocco and an embarrassing draw to Croatia meant their tournament ended prematurely.
Burnley’s season gets underway again this weekend with a trip to Queens Park Rangers as they look to further extend their lead at the top of the Championship.