Kompany’s Anderlecht role redefined
Vincent Kompany will no longer act as player-manager of Anderlecht on matchdays so he can focus on leading the team on the pitch.
The former Manchester City captain ended his 11-year stay at the Etihad Stadium at the end of last season to take his first steps into management with his boyhood club, putting pen to paper on a three-year deal.
However, things have not gone smoothly for the 33-year-old during his first few week’s in charge at Lotto Park, as he is yet to register a win from his opening four league games, picking up just two draws and that leaves the Purple & White 13th in the Belgian top-flight standings.
Indeed, this has been Anderlecht’s worst start to a league campaign in 21 years and the club have now moved to improve matters by restructuring the roles of the coaching team on matchdays.
Kompany will remain as manager during the week, but he will focus solely on playing and captaining the side during matches, with head coach Simon Davies taking charge of tactics during the 90 minutes.
Davies previously worked as Man City’s head of academy coaching prior to joining Kompany in Belgium and he believes the change in roles will benefit everyone at the club.
“Kompany must be more a player during the match,” Davies said. “He must be able to really lead the team on the field. Of course no one doubts that he can, but it is important that he is merely one of the players during the match.
“So, together with my staff, I will take on the tactics next to the field. Because you can plan some things in advance, surprising things always happen during a match. I take that on me.”
Anderlecht have made a number of high-profile signings during the summer, with Kompany using his connections to bring in the likes of Samir Nasri, Nacer Chadli and Kemar Roofe, although the team are yet to fully gel together.
Last weekend’s 4-2 defeat at Kortrijk was a particular low point for the Belgian giants and they will now be looking to bounce back and seal their first victory of the season when they visit champions Genk on Friday night.
Davies is looking forward to the challenge that awaits his side at the Luminus Arena and he is convinced it is only a matter of time before things start turning around.
“Look, we are looking forward to it. To the players who fit best in our system and philosophy, but also to the right framework next to it,” the 45-year-old added.
“We all only get to know each other fully and find our way in this new situation. That is how we came to this decision. The team needs stability, let that be clear.”