Vincent Kompany set for Bayern as Mauricio Pochettino on England radar

Vincent Kompany Manager of Burnley
Vincent Kompany, Manager of Burnley, celebrates following the team's victory in the Premier League match between Sheffield United and Burnley FC at Bramall Lane on April 20, 2024 in Sheffield, England. 

Bayern Munich are on the verge of agreeing a deal for Vincent Kompany to become their next manager despite his relegation from the Premier League with Burnley.

‌The Bundesliga club are poised to appoint Kompany, 38, to succeed Thomas Tuchel in the coming days having discussed a compensation package as the former Belgium international has a contract at Turf Moor until 2028.

It is understood that Kompany will look to take his backroom staff with him to the Allianz Arena, including assistant Craig Bellamy and first-team coaches Piet Cremers, Mike Jackson and Floribert N’Galula.

Bayern are confident of the deal being done and could make the appointment official in the coming days. Kompany emerged with credit from his rookie season in the Premier League despite finishing the campaign with 24 points and five wins.

Pep Guardiola has consistently hailed him as an eventual Manchester City manager, having lifted four Premier Leagues as captain during his time at the Etihad Stadium. After a first spell coaching at Anderlecht in his homeland, he took Burnley into the Premier League in his first managerial job back in England.

The Bayern job will represent a huge step up for Kompany in his coaching career, even if he has experience of the biggest stage with City and Belgium.

It was announced in February that Tuchel would leave Bayern this summer, although he also recently held talks about staying before his departure was confirmed. Fans also launched a petition for him to stay after he took them to the Champions League semi-final.

Bayern have been linked with a range of managers in the last three months. Xabi Alonso was an obvious candidate but chose to stay at Bayer Leverkusen.

There were enquiries over Erik ten Hag, who is still in a job at Manchester United, while Julen Lopetegui was on their radar but has joined West Ham.

Ralf Rangnick also spoke to Bayern but decided to stick with the Austria national team. Others loosely linked included Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Zinedine Zidane.

Elsewhere, Mauricio Pochettino will be a leading candidate for the England job if he remains out of work and the post becomes available after Euro 2024.

Pochettino left Chelsea by mutual consent on Tuesday and is likely to be of interest to Manchester United if the Old Trafford club sack Ten Hag after the FA Cup final.

Saudi Arabian club Al-Ittihad are also tipped to make a check on Pochettino through the club’s sporting director Ramon Planes, who worked with the Argentinian at Espanyol.

It is understood that Pochettino received a pay-off for leaving Chelsea, but it is currently unclear whether he can return straight to work at another club in the Premier League.

The England job is one that has been attractive to Pochettino for some time and he announced his interest in succeeding Southgate during the World Cup in Qatar two years ago.

Southgate is expected to leave his post as England manager if his team do not win the Euros in Germany this summer.

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