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Report: Burnley Interview Manchester United Legend To Replace Vincent Kompany

Report: Burnley Interview Manchester United Legend To Replace Vincent Kompany
Eoin Harrington
By Eoin Harrington Updated
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Reports suggest that Burnley may have another big name lined up after the departure of Vincent Kompany as manager.

After two seasons in charge of Anderlecht, Kompany took charge at Turf Moor in the summer of 2022.


The Belgian led Burnley back to the Premier League at the first time of asking, winning the 2022-23 Championship to many plaudits. Things would go downhill the following season, however, with the club relegated after a dour campaign saw them finish with just 24 Premier League points.

Kompany has fallen upwards, however, with the 38-year-old appointed manager of Bayern Munich after Thomas Tuchel parted ways with the German giants.

Burnley have now been left managerless as they prepare for their return to the Championship.

Reports in the UK suggest that former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy has been interviewed by the club as a potential replacement for Kompany.


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Ruud van Nistelrooy reportedly in talks to replace Vincent Kompany at Burnley

Ruud van Nistelrooy

Ruud van Nistelrooy during one of his final games in charge of PSV, against Sparta Rotterdam in 2023 (Photo: Shutterstock)

The Independent report that Ruud van Nistelrooy has been interviewed by Burnley as their search for a permanent replacement for Vincent Kompany.

The same report suggests that Frank Lampard was also interviewed for the job, but that he is no longer in consideration.


Van Nistelrooy had a curious start to his managerial career. His first senior job was at PSV, the club with whom he burst onto the scene in the late 1990s.

The Dutchman came into the job having previously taken coaching roles with the Dutch national team and PSV underage teams, and he would immediately impress in Eindhoven.

After taking over in 2022, van Nistelrooy would lead PSV to two major honours in his first season, including the KNVB Cup.


However, he departed in unusual circumstances, resigning with one game remaining of the Eredivisie season due to what he perceived as a lack of support from the PSV board.

Van Nistelrooy will of course be familiar to fans of English football, after his brilliant five-year spell at Manchester United.

He had one of the most prolific strike rates in the history of the club, scoring 150 goals in just 219 games for Alex Ferguson's side in the early 2000s.


Real Madrid was the next destination for van Nistelrooy, while he would also star at three major international tournaments for the Netherlands.

It will certainly be intriguing to see if Burnley can keep up their trend of attracting big name managers to the club.

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