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Pep Guardiola impacts major managerial appointment as former Manchester City duo set for Bayern Munich and Chelsea jobs

Vincent Kompany’s impending appointment as head coach of Bayern Munich is partly due to the influence of Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.

After 11 years at the Etihad Stadium, Kompany made 360 appearances and led Manchester City to 12 trophies. He is soon expected to be announced as Bayern Munich’s new manager, taking Thomas Tuchel’s place at the Allianz Arena.

After beginning his managerial career at RSC Anderlecht in 2019, the 38-year-old headed back to the northwest in June 2022 to take on the position at Burnley. He took on the role right after leading Manchester City to a domestic quadruple.

In his first season at Turf Moor, the former center back led Burnley back to the top division. However, this season, the Clarets lost just five games and were relegated from the Premier League.

Kompany was expected to stay at Burnley for the 2024–2025 season after being linked to replace Roberto De Zerbi at Brighton; however, the former Belgian international is expected to move to Germany after emerging as the front-runner for the Bayern Munich position.

Before joining Manchester City in 2008, the defender played for Hamburg for two years in the Bundesliga.

Having managed Bayern Munich prior to moving to the Etihad Stadium, Kompany, 38, will likely manage the Sky Blues in the future, according to Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola. The 38-year-old played 62 games for the Catalan.

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, a board member of Bayern Munich, has disclosed that Guardiola was also involved in the decision to choose Kompany.

“I have no doubt that Kompany will eventually make it. Guardiola gave us a very encouraging speech regarding Vincent. He gave us a helping hand because he had him captaining City and Pep had followed him to Burnley.

“Our sporting director has selected Kompany; the final details need to be finalized, but it’s not official yet.”

Enzo Maresca, Guardiola’s former assistant, is also expected to take on a significant new role. Following his successful promotion of Leicester City to the Premier League in his first season at the King Power, the Italian is expected to take on the role of head coach at Chelsea.

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