Next Burnley Manager Odds: Vincent Kompany in line for Premier League return
With Sean Dyche departing in April after nearly 10 years in charge, the bookmakers have priced up the candidates for the next Burnley manager, with former Man City captain Vincent Kompany the current favourite.
Burnley find themselves in a fierce relegation battle, with their six year stay in the top flight under threat despite the impressive job interim manager Mike Jackson has done since taking over in April.
The decision to sack long term manager Sean Dyche must have been a tough one for Alan Pace, but after just four wins in the opening 30 Premier League games something had to be done.
The former defender had taken over the club when they were 14th in the Championship in 2012, leading them to promotion in 2014 and 2016 after a brief spell back in the second division. However, a 2-0 away defeat to bottom side Norwich ended the Englishman’s nine year and 166 day spell at Turf Moor.
The early favourite is former Man City captain and current Anderlecht head coach Vincent Kompany, who led the Belgian side to a third place finish this season.
But there are other options out there, including current Middlesbrough head coach Chris Wilder and former Premier League players in Joey Barton and Wayne Rooney.
The former Manchester City captain is the current favourite to take over at Turf Moor next season. The Belgian retired from playing in 2020 after making 359 appearances for the Cityzens and winning 12 trophies during his time in England.
Since then, he has returned to where it all started at Anderlecht, leading them to a third place finish in the Jupiter Pro League this season where they have qualified for the Championship play-offs.
The hiring of Kompany may be a risk for Burnley, with his lack of managerial experience, but hiring a Premier League winning captain has worked out well for Crystal Palace so far at least.
Joey Barton made 58 appearances and scored four goals in his two spells for the Clarets, helping the side to the 2015/16 Championship title. A feat he may need to repeat again if results don’t go Burnley’s way in their two remaining games.
The former midfielder helped Bristol Rovers gain promotion back to League One at the first time of asking in dramatic fashion on the last day of the season. The Gas needed a minor miracle to finish in the automatic promotion spots, but they did just that, beating already relegated Scunthorpe 7-0 and sealing their promotion on goal difference ahead of Northampton.
It remains to be seen if Barton would like to continue what he started at the Memorial stadium or if the temptation of a return to the Premier League would be too much.
Burnley’s interim manager has impressed so far since taking charge in April.
Jackson has won three of his six games in charge, earning himself the Premier League Manager of the Month award for April. He still has work to do though if he is going to keep the side in the top flight, as the Clarets sit in the relegation zone, one point from safety with just two games remaining.
It is unclear to whether Burnley or Jackson himself would want to continue as head coach heading into next season, or if the powers above would be more willing to go with someone with a big more experience.
Banned from signing players in January, a 21-point deduction, important players leaving and countless injuries, these are the conditions that Wayne Rooney had to endure as Derby County manager in 2021/22.
Eventually, the Rams succumbed to relegation, but they went down fighting. Wayne Rooney’s stock as a manager went through the rook and if it wasn’t for the point deduction, Derby would have finished 17th, 14 points clear of the relegation zone.
As tempting as the Burnley job may be to Wayne, he has wrongs to right at Pride Park and will more than likely stay at the club for one more season at least.