Simon Jordan weighs in on Bayern Munich's 'surprise' pursuit of Burnley boss Vincent Kompany

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Radio pundit Simon Jordan has expressed his surprise at Bayern Munich’s pursuit of Burnley boss Vincent Kompany.
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Given Burnley’s struggles this season, suffering relegation back to the Championship after collecting just 24 points, the links have surprised many.

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Among those is talkSPORT pundit Jordan, who has questioned what Kompany has done to deserve being linked to such a top job.

“I don’t think that what Vincent Kompany did this season was hugely admirable. Some people will, but it’s all about opinions,” he said.

“I think the job for the Burnley manager, as much as he wanted to stick to his principles…but it’s like Groucho Marx isn’t it? I’ve got this set of principles and if you don’t like them, I’ve got another set and if that other set is better, then they are the ones you deploy to keep you in a football league.

“It’s remarkably admirable that Burnley wanted to play a brand of football that they clearly weren’t capable of doing. He clearly wasn’t capable of coaching them into doing.”

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 11: Vincent Kompany, Manager of Burnley, looks on after the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Burnley FC at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on May 11, 2024 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 11: Vincent Kompany, Manager of Burnley, looks on after the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Burnley FC at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on May 11, 2024 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 11: Vincent Kompany, Manager of Burnley, looks on after the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Burnley FC at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on May 11, 2024 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

When Jim White interjected, stating this was the same style that got Burnley into the Premier League, Jordan replied: “And it got them relegated.

“There was no point during the season did I think they weren’t going to get relegated. He did nothing to convince me during the course of the season…you’ve got to be able to pivot. A significant proportion of Burnley’s problems were self-inflicted.

“I saw a montage of the amount of times Burnley gave the opposition a goal because of ridiculous decision-making because of an ideological way to play football. I’ve never seen a team commit so many acts of self-harm.

“Now, some would say you admire the man for his convictions. Well, if you keep on doing the same thing in the same way and expect a different outcome, that’s the definition of insanity.”

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The ex-Crystal Palace owner added: “Now can he pivot into managing bigger and better players? Do Bayern Munich have a tendency to take managers at different stages in their career where their success doesn’t look that compelling on their resume?

“You can look at [Niko] Kovac who managed them for a season who came from Eintracht Frankfurt with a win record of 40 per cent. That doesn’t look like a manager that should be managing Bayern Munich. You can look at the early stages of [Julian] Nagelsman.

“We’ve got Bayern Munich in our mind’s eyes as a big, monolithic football club. But they do take flies with managers.

“[Pep] Guardiola was there, [Carlo] Ancelotti was there, the big names have been there, but they also look at other managers and none of these managers appear to stay for any significant period of time.

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“Maybe they look at Kompany and think he worked the oracle getting Burnley out of the Championship. Maybe they’ve dug that deep into his past. Maybe they look back at Anderlecht and saw the makings of a good manager. Maybe they admire his fortitude of not changing his principles and think ‘well, we’ve got better players’ and think he’s going to be able to achieve his way of playing.”

While Jordan is an admirer of the way Kompany conducts himself, he has his doubts whether the current Burnley boss can revitalise Bayern’s fortunes.

“Kompany has gone to Anderlecht and done a reasonably good job. He’s gone to Burnley and there’s lots to admire about the way he got them out of the division,” he explained.

“But I genuinely, and there’s no mean spirit attached to this, do not believe there is anything to admire about Burnley going up and getting relegated. Luton made a better fist of it.

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“Some people get perceptions. You have a perception about Kompany. He’s a very compelling character in the way he engages. He’s not flamboyantly flash, he’s not an over the top exhibitionist. But I do think Burnley have failed this season.

“Does that mean he can’t translate into Bayern Munich? It is a strange departure, but it might well tell you how shallow the pool of talent is that people are looking around at a manager that’s just got a club relegated, that really didn’t lay a glove on the league, is somebody that is going to reinstate us at the top of one of the biggest leagues in world football.

“But how have you got an elevation on the back of a blatant failure? Vincent Kompany is to me, despite the remarkable achievement in the Championship, in the big league he’s all style over substance. You got relegated and you did it to yourselves.”

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