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Premier League legend in 3-man shortlist to be new Burnley boss

Premier League legend Vincent Kompany is said to be in a 3-man shortlist to become the new Burnley boss as the search for a new boss goes on.

The former Manchester City centre-back is said to be in talks to replace Sean Dyche who was sacked from the role in April.

Burnley – who were relegated from the top flight on Sunday after six seasons – are expected to name a new manager by the end of next week.

Kompany, who has left Anderlecht, wants to take control of the Clarets despite their relegation to the Championship after Sunday’s 2-1 loss to Newcastle.

Burnley believe he can help the club bounce back next season having done well in his first managerial role at the Belgian outfit.

The 36-year-old has been managing his boyhood club Anderlecht since leaving Manchester City in 2019, guiding them to third in the Belgian top flight this term.

However, the Turf Moor outfit would need to offer Kompany some guarantees over the club’s recruitment structure were he to agree a deal ahead of the summer transfer window.

Given their relegation from the top-flight, Burnley will face an immediate hit on income to the tune of around £60million.

They will lose the £100million-plus in TV money but they will be handed a £40million parachute payment in the first year, to soften their fall.

However, Burnley are already in a tight situation – having been the subject of a leveraged buyout by US investors ALK Capital in December 2020, with the takeover not exactly doing anything to help them.

This has put them in a debt that they hoped to desperately to avoid, and means more of their savings being eaten away.

Despite this, Burnley do think they will be robust enough to cope with the financial implications of their relegation and have instead seen their caretaker speak about the emotional impact their drop has had on the players.

‘It’s raw, we’ve got a group of players who are gutted,’ said interim boss Mike Jackson. ‘There’s a lot of emotion. The fans stuck with us. It’s their club and we’re gutted we couldn’t give them what they wanted. I hope they saw a group fighting for them.’

While Burnley forward Ashley Barnes called it a ‘sad, sad day’ and said the ‘blame’ rested on the ‘older players’ shoulders’.

Barnes said after the game: ‘We had it in our hands and obviously gave it away. We can’t use any excuses – it’s down to ourselves.

‘Three wins in the first 20 games or something is relegation form. We gave ourselves some hope in these last few games but it wasn’t to be.

‘We’re all to blame for the job we’ve not done. It lies on our shoulders, especially us older ones.’

Fans reacted with the Premier League legend said to be in a 3-man shortlist to be new Burnley boss..

@ClaretLS12: Either a lot of people in the world of football are gullible, or Alan Pace actually knows what he’s doing. 🤷🏼‍♂️

@lukeywil2000_SJ: It was important Burnley moved fast to steady the shop post-relegation, getting Kompany does just that. It is a risk, his lack of Championship managerial experience could be alarming but risks pay off sometimes. Light at the end of a dark tunnel and tough few days #TwitterClarets

@jamesmkent17: I feel so much better about things if this has gone through! Was very nervous that we’d just get an average manager and not put money into someone like Kompany to rebuild with a view to getting back up to prem quickly

@Danny_Ward94: What we saying about Vincent Kompany? 👀 Burnley’s Belgian revolution #twitterclarets

@RyanTheClaret: Best out of a bad bunch for me. Impossible to hire Barton with a possible domestic abuse case against him, can’t stand Rooney and his steak pasty of a face. Didn’t expect him to manage us in the Champ so very interesting times ahead! #twitterclarets

@hillster94: Vincent kompany to manage Burnley I feel like am in a weird football manager save, what’s next Rooney to England?

@stuartroy23: This appointment stinks! Why go for a in experienced manager,when there’s loads of good young English managers in the football league doing well and could do a better job!

@icecoldjayrod1: vincent kompany is a smart man. he wouldn’t come to burnley if the finances was as bad as all you people with PhD’s in business have been making out. #twitterclarets

@TurfMoorLoyal: Thoughts #twitterclarets 🤔
I would be excited by this.
1. Links to City so potential for young players on loan.
2. Links across Belgium so access potentially to their market.
3. His name/brand might attract investment.

@BFC442: After this last 7 days I am praying this is coming off 🤞🏾

@ju_no1: If Alan Pace can pull this off, what a coup in bringing in VK. About as exciting an appointment as we could have hoped for. A winner, massively respected and well connected. Coyle and Dyche were gambles and they didn’t turn out too bad 🙂 #twitterclarets

@Bennbfc: Kompany will be able to attract players. Unknown about his ability but he’s surely better than the managerial merry go arounders. #twitterclarets

@Mb27p_EU: Can picture it now, everyone leaves bar Kevin Long who remains loyal for a further 10 years, Kompany comes out of retirement so he doesn’t have to play him, scores the winner at Wembley #twitterclarets

@kylewil89: Don’t celebrate until officially confirmed, I’m still hurting from January transfer disappointment with Orsic

@Claret_Terry: Company is happening isn’t it! Real show of Intent. Over the moon with this, softens the blow of relegation. #twitterclarets

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