Kompany insists call from Bayern Munich was no surprise

rugby30 May 2024 12:50| © AFP
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Vincent Kompany © Getty Images

Vincent Kompany was officially presented as Bayern Munich's new coach on Thursday, insisting he did not share the football world's surprise at his appointment.

Bayern's decision to take a gamble on the 38-year-old former Manchester City defender took many people by surprise because his first foray into managing in the Premier League ended with the relegation of his Burnley side two weeks ago.

But Kompany said: "I think the aspect of being surprised is because you assume it is the only club that called, and you only assume it because I am a private person.

"Maybe I was surprised by the first call, but it wasn't from Bayern Munich" he told the press conference, speaking in a mixture of German and English.

"My mentality is that I never haven't ever worked for a top club in my head," Kompany said.

Kompany replaces Thomas Tuchel after failed attempts by Bayern to lure Bayer Leverkusen boss Xabi Alonso, Germany coach Julian Nagelsmann and Austria's Ralf Rangnick to one of the biggest jobs in the game.

And he set out a clear vision of how he wants to shape his new team which has just suffered its first trophyless season for 12 years.

"As a coach, you have to coach who you are as a person.

"I grew up on the streets of Brussels. I want the players of Bayern Munich to be brave and have personality on the ball. I want the team to be aggressive. I want the team to represent my character, to be brave and aggressive."

After a successful playing career where he captained Manchester City and the Belgian national team, Kompany returned to his first club Anderlecht to begin his managerial career.

He moved to Burnley in 2022 and took them to the Premier League as second-division champions, before crashing back to earth with a poor season in which they won just five games and slipped back into the Championship.