...By Jack Sylva for TDPel Media.
According to reports, former Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is on Chelsea’s shortlist of candidates for their next permanent manager.
The Stamford Bridge hierarchy has held talks with all the main contenders and has whittled down the list to a select few.
Kompany joins Mauricio Pochettino as one of the main contenders for the role, while Luis Enrique and two other unnamed coaches have been ruled out.
Julian Nagelsmann, who had emerged as the early favorite, is said to have withdrawn from the race after a second round of talks.
Kompany’s Burnley have recently secured promotion from the Championship, and they can claim the title with three games to spare if they win at home against QPR on Saturday.
Kompany’s Managerial Experience
Kompany took over as Burnley manager last summer after their relegation, having previously spent two seasons as manager of Anderlecht in his native Belgium.
During his time in charge of Anderlecht, they secured fourth and third placed finishes and narrowly missed out on a Belgian Cup triumph.
While Kompany’s managerial experience may be limited, he has received high praise from Pep Guardiola, who recently tipped him to take over Manchester City in the future.
Vincent Kompany’s inclusion on Chelsea’s shortlist comes as a surprise to many, given his limited managerial experience.
However, his leadership qualities as a player and his impressive performance at Burnley have clearly caught the attention of the Stamford Bridge hierarchy.
It remains to be seen whether he will be given the nod for the high-pressure role, but his potential appointment would be a significant development in his managerial career.
Whether or not Kompany is too inexperienced for the job is up for debate, but it is clear that Chelsea sees something in him that warrants consideration.