Vincent Kompany retires from playing and becomes full-time manager of Anderlecht

Vincent Kompany has been unveiled as the new Anderlecht manager after announcing his retirement from playing at the age of 34.

The Premier League great left Manchester City in May 2019 to take over as player-manager of the Belgian side, where he came through the ranks as a youth player.

But after Anderlecht suffered their worst start to a season since the 1998/99 campaign, Kompany stepped down from managing to focus on playing.

Frank Vercauteren took over in the hot seat and guided Anderlecht to an eighth-place finish in the Belgian First Division, but he is rumoured to have clashed with Kompany and has left the club.

Anderlecht confirmed Kompany has taken over as boss on Twitter on Monday morning, writing: "Vincent becomes the head coach of RSC Anderlecht…for the next 4 seasons. He stops his playing career and takes over from Franky."

Kompany will hope for a more successful spell as a full-time coach than he had during his brief spell as player-manager.

Last year, the four-time Premier League winner spoke of how he wanted to apply all he had learned with City to his new role with Anderlecht.

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"The end of this season couldn’t be more memorable. I have lived the dream here," Kompany wrote on Facebook.

"I have learned so much the last three years from an incredible manager. Pep Guardiola reignited my love for the game.

"I've witnessed, participated, analysed, absorbed, studied. Man City play the football I want to play. It is the football I want to teach and to see played.

"I have decided to take up the challenge at Anderlecht. Player-manager. I want to share my knowledge with the next purple generations. With that, I will also put a bit of Manchester in the heart of Belgium.

"This may come as a surprise to you. It's the most passionate yet rational decision I've ever made. As a footballer, I was born and raised at Anderlecht. Since the age of six, I have been one with that club. A history of 34 league titles, they are second to none."

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