Vincent Kompany on four-man manager shortlist at Chelsea

Former Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany is on the four-man shortlist to be appointed the next permanent manager of Chelsea.

Vincent Kompany

The Belgian, 37, has done a fantastic job at Burnley this season, guiding the Clarets to automatic promotion to the Premier League and an immediate return to the top flight after they were relegated last term. His Burnley side will be crowned champions if they beat Queens Park Rangers at home on Saturday.

Vincent Kompany has earned huge plaudits from all corners of the world for the job he has done at Turf Moor. That has attracted the interest of top Premier League clubs, with Spurs having been linked with the 37-year-old as they pursue a successor for Antonio Conte. Chelsea reportedly are the latest club to consider appointing Kompany.

Julian Nagelsmann was also in the running for the Chelsea job, although he appears to have withdrawn from the race after several rounds of talks. Luis Enrique is also out of the shortlist but Mauricio Pochettino and Vincent Kompany are among the final names under consideration as the Blues seek a replacement for Graham Potter, who was sacked earlier this month.

Frank Lampard struggling as interim manager

After firing Graham Potter, Chelsea appointed Frank Lampard on a temporary basis until the end of the season. Lampard replaced Bruno Saltor, who had managed just one game after Potter’s sacking.

Lampard has lost each of the four matches he has managed so far since returning to the dugout at Stamford Bridge. The Blues have lost back-to-back league games against Wolves and Brighton whilst being dumped out of the Champions League by Real Madrid in the quarter-finals.

Chelsea sit 11th in the Premier League table after 31 games and face an uphill battle to qualify for the top four. In fact, Europa League qualification seems a big ask with the west London outfit finding themselves 14 points behind fifth-place Tottenham.

Vincent Kompany could be a big gamble for Chelsea

From sacking Thomas Tuchel, appointing Graham Potter and spending millions in the January transfer window, it is safe to say Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly has made a series of catastrophic mistakes. Surely, Boehly has to get his next decision—with regards to managerial appointment—absolutely spot on.

Vincent Kompany has emerged as a managerial target for Chelsea, having impressed in his first season at Burnley. Having promoted youth and deployed an attacking style of football, Kompany could be the right man to take charge on a permanent basis at Chelsea, given the profile of players the club has signed in the last two transfer windows.

However, Kompany is inexperienced and only joined Burnley last year after managing Belgian club Anderlecht for two seasons. And while he has done a terrific job at Burnley and guided the Lancashire club immediately back to the Premier League, appointing him as the next permanent manager of Chelsea would be a massive gamble.

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