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Burnley 'have no plans to sack Vincent Kompany despite relegation fears'

Burnley 'have no plans to sack Kompany despite relegation fears'
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Burnley reportedly have no plans to part ways with manager Vincent Kompany, despite the Clarets lying 11 points adrift of safety near the bottom of the Premier League.

Burnley manager Vincent Kompany has reportedly retained the trust of the club's hierarchy despite the Clarets heading towards relegation from the Premier League.

The Lancashire club extended their winless run across all competitions to nine matches on Saturday afternoon, losing 3-0 at Selhurst Park against Crystal Palace.

After Burnley captain Josh Brownhill received his marching orders in the first half, Oliver Glasner's Eagles always looked destined for maximum points, with Chris Richards, Jordan Ayew and Jean-Philippe Mateta all breaching the net of James Trafford in the second period.

Defeat in the capital leaves the Clarets 19th in the Premier League standings with just 13 points from 26 top-flight matches, 11 points behind 17th-placed Nottingham Forest.

According to The Athletic, Burnley have no current plans to dismiss manager Kompany following a difficult campaign so far on their return to the Premier League.

Burnley manager Vincent Kompany on January 5, 2024© Reuters

Manchester City legend Kompany will allegedly continue to receive the backing of the Clarets' hierarchy heading into the business end of the term.

The same cannot be said for sections of the club's fanbase, though, who made their discontent towards the 37-year-old known following the defeat at Palace on the weekend.

Following a maiden managerial position at Belgian Pro League outfit Anderlecht, Kompany joined Burnley in the summer of 2022 and guided the club to the Championship title during his first season in charge.

Amassing 101 points and losing just three of their 46 second-tier matches, the 37-year-old was able to return the Clarets to the Premier League at the first attempt.

Burnley players celebrate on the pitch after winning the match to become champions on April 25, 2023© Reuters

Unwilling to depart from a playing style that served his side handsomely in the Championship, Kompany has had little joy during his maiden season as a English top-flight manager.

The four-time Premier League winner is more accustomed to battles for titles under Pep Guardiola than scraps at the foot of the division, but the Belgian has repeatedly stated that there are many similarities between the two situations.

Burnley dipped into the loan market during the January window to boost their chances of avoiding the drop, with David Datro Fofana, Maxime Esteve and Lorenz Assignon all joining on temporary deals.

Following three straight losses in the Premier League, Kompany will be desperate for his team to bounce back when they host Bournemouth at Turf Moor on Saturday afternoon.

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