Vincent Kompany next club latest: Shock Bayern move incoming?

German giants Bayern Munich have been linked with a shock move for relegated Burnley manager, Vincent Kompany.

According to the BBC, the Belgian is a surprise appearance on Bayern’s list of potential managers, as they seek to replace the departing Thomas Tuchel.

Kompany to Bayern: Trouble in Bavaria

It has been a long, and at points embarrassing, season for Bayern Munich. Things got off to a rocky start when Thomas Tuchel and Joshua Kimmich publicly clashed over the latter’s best position. There was a failed pursuit of Joao Palhinha on deadline day too.

Vincent Kompany to Bayern could happen
Vincent Kompany to Bayern: could he have managed at Turf Moor for the last time? – Photo by Icon Sport

Worse still, Bayern exited the DFB Pokal to third-tier side Saarbrücken, and trailed in the Bundesliga table to Bayer Leverkusen all season. There was a promising Champions League win over Arsenal, but had their hopes extinguished by Real Madrid once again.

Because of this, Tuchel has had a fractious relationship with others in the club all season, and announced his departure in February. Bayern have had plenty of time to replace the German too, but with no luck.

Xabi Alonso and Thomas Tuchel both turned Bayern down for 2024/25 – Photo by Icon Sport

The list is startling: Xabi Alonso decided to remain at Bayer Leverkusen. Julian Nagelsmann turned down a return to the Allianz Arena to continue with the German national side. Unai Emery extended his contract at Aston Villa. Julen Lopetegui plumped for West Ham instead.

Despite leaving Brighton, Roberto de Zerbi is not interested either. Meanwhile, Ralf Rangnick decided he was happier managing his nation, and even Roger Schmidt has no plans to leave Benfica.

They tried to persuade Tuchel to stay another season, but he declined too. Bayern are clearly not seen as a desirable destination at present, and that they are looking at a manager who has just been relegated from the PL is unprecedented for Die Roten.

Kompany was one of the finest defenders of his generation – Photo by Icon Sport

Vincent Kompany next club speculation growing

One imagines that Vincent Kompany would jump at the opportunity to go from staring down the barrel of a return to the Championship to the glamour of Bayern. It would be one of the most sensational moves of the summer, but does Kompany have the managerial skill to take on such a mammoth task?

After romping to the 2022/23 Championship title, Burnley endured a gruelling return to the big time. Despite a late rally in March and April, Kompany could not keep his side up in his maiden Premier League season, and only won five league games in a campaign that never really looked like ending any other way.

As a Premier League great, however, Kompany would command immense respect from the dressing room, and already speaks German from his formative years at Hamburg. It would be a risk for Bayern to appoint Kompany, but they may have little choice.


William Evans is a football and politics fanatic. A first-class graduate of UEA's Broadcast and Digital Journalism MA course, he also achieved a first class degree in politics and media studies during his time at UEA.