Kompany’s role changes at Anderlecht after worst start in 21 years

Date published: Thursday 22nd August 2019 3:15

Vincent Kompany Anderlecht

Vincent Kompany will concentrate on playing football for Anderlecht and will no longer be player-manager during match days.

The former Manchester City defender has taken charge of four league matches this season – playing in all four too – drawing two and losing two, which is the club’s worst start to a league campaign in 21 years.

The likes of Samir Nasri, Nacer Chadli and Kemar Roofe all joined in the summer as the Belgian side looked to improve on their sixth-placed finish last term.

Belgian newspaper HLN claims that head coach Simon Davies will now take charge of tactics on the day of games so that Kompany can concentrate on playing.

“Kompany must be more a player during the match,” said Davies.

“He must be able to really lead the team on the field. Of course no one doubts that he can, but it is important that he is merely one of the players during the match.

“So, together with my staff, I will take on the tactics next to the field. Because you can plan some things in advance, surprising things always happen during a match. I take that on me.”

Davies added: “Look, we are looking forward to it. To the players who fit best in our system and philosophy, but also to the right framework next to it,” he said.

“We all only get to know each other fully and find our way in this new situation. That is how we came to this decision. The team needs stability, let that be clear.

“However, Vinnie loves the club so much that he always wants to give everything for Anderlecht. Every day.

“This should allow us to work more efficiently and more result-oriented. On competition days, Kompany will only concentrate on the match. The club can only reap the benefits of that clearer hierarchy.

“I also want to emphasise that this is not really about me or ‘Vinnie’, but about Anderlecht and its fantastic supporters.”


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