Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Vincent Kompany is overseeing Anderlecht's worst start in 21 years

Anderlecht were already weighing up offering Vincent Kompany a route into management even before watching how he coached. Those clips would handsomely tip the scales in his favour.

Kompany took training sessions with Manchester City women's Under 16 team as part of his coaching badges last year.

The Anderlecht hierarchy pored over numerous videos of them, spanning a number of months, and remarked that the progress City's teenage girls showed under his tutelage was proof that their own academy product was ready to take the No 1 job.

The Belgian giants effectively wanted the same from Kompany with their squad, the first group in 56 years not to qualify for European competition. Teach them a new way of playing, develop them in the hope of striking results and improvement in style.

His philosophy is straight out of Pep Guardiola's handbook and he calls the City manager his 'professor'. Sporting director Frank Arnesen claimed listening to Kompany reminds him of Johan Cruyff at Ajax. Time is required to implement all that.

Anderlecht desperately needed a reboot and Kompany is viewed as the man to oversee it. But the beginning to his debut season at the helm has been difficult to say the least; two points from the opening four games is their worst start in 21 years.


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