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Vincent Kompany berated after poor start to Anderlecht tenure: “He thinks he is God”

By Ben Green

Published: 17:02, 21 August 2019

Manchester City legend Vincent Kompany has been accused of ‘thinking he is God’ after overseeing a disastrous start to the season as the new Anderlecht boss. 

The Belgian centre-back left City earlier this summer to join his boyhood club as a player-manager but has taken just two points from the opening four matches of the Jupiler Pro League season.

Kompany’s nightmare start: Five things to know…

  • Kompany joined Anderlecht on a player-manager contract in May.
  • He invested heavily in the summer, bringing in a number of his former & current colleagues.
  • Among those were international teammate Nacer Chadli and Samir Nasri.
  • However, after four matches Anderlecht sit just two points from the bottom of the Jupiler Pro League.
  • He has now been accused of ‘thinking he is God’ by ex-Anderlecht forward Marc Degryse.

Kompany has recruited heavily this summer with the acquisitions of Chadli, Nasri, Michel Vlap and Kemar Roofe, but his side currently sits just four places from the foot of the table.

As such, former Sheffield Wednesday, Anderlecht and Belgium international forward, Marc Degryse, has hit out at Kompany for not investing all of his energy on improving the squad.

He said: “Kompany is only human, besides being a good footballer – but I feel he thinks he is God.

“In the coming international break a coach would normally have two weeks to work intensively with his squad.

“But Kompany will be off with Belgium to play San Marino and Scotland – before having his testimonial game in Manchester.

“Some people like to be busy, but they can become too preoccupied. Kompany should think about this. There are limits to everything.

“If another centre-back had made the mistakes he made he’d have been criticised – and Kompany would have dropped him for the next game.

“Of course Kompany shouldn’t retire from playing – but he has to make sure something like this doesn’t happen again.

“If he is honest as a manager he can’t be happy with himself as a player.”

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Bellamy “really is nothing as a trainer”

Kompany wasn’t the only one to come in for some criticism from those closely associated with Anderlecht, as former manager Aad de Mos described current under-21s boss Craig Bellamy as completely inept as a trainer.

“I saw Bellamy at work at the Ottencup in Eindhoven,” the 72-year-old told La Derniere Heure. “He knows nothing about it. I have never seen such bad coaching in the last five years at Anderlecht’s youth side.

“There was no structure in the game. After ten minutes I already understood that he really is nothing as a trainer.”