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Vincent Kompany retires to become full-time Anderlecht boss

Vincent Kompany, Anderlecht
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Manchester City legend Vincent Kompany has ended his playing career after agreeing to become Anderlecht head coach on a full-time basis.

Kompany rejoined his boyhood club last summer upon ending a glorious 11-year spell with Manchester City, which won him four Premier League titles and six other domestic honors.

The Belgian became a player/manager for Anderlecht, but he stepped down from his coaching duties to focus on the playing side of things after the team suffered their worst start since 1998/99.

Frank Vercauteren took over first-team duties as head coach but has now left his post. Therefore, Anderlecht have named Kompany as their new full-time manager.

“I want to fully commit to my role as a coach and need 100% of my time and focus for it. That’s why I’m quitting as a football player,” Kompany explained on the club’s website.

“Our ambition and our hunger remains the same. I want to stay with the club for at least 4 seasons and prove that Anderlecht can play a modern style of football, with results. I want to thank Franky for all his help.”

Kompany took part in 15 of Anderlecht’s 29 league outings last season before the coronavirus pandemic canceled the campaign.

The former center-back now takes charge with the club currently third in the 2020/21 Belgian Pro League. He was in the stands for Sunday’s 3-1 win against St.Truiden.