At heart, links with Kompany and Burnley boil down to two questions; Is Kompany ready for a move? And if so, would Burnley be a good fit?
Currently, the situation at Turf Moor is bleak, and whether Kompany is Premier League ready could be made irrelevant with the Clarets in real danger of relegation. Time and time again, former world-beating players take Premier League jobs early in their managerial careers only to fail at an early stage, something Kompany will certainly want to avoid.
At best, Burnley looks like a manager's nightmare, with financial and contractual issues likely to cause serious problems for the next boss.
As for Kompany to Burnley, in our eyes, it looks like a square peg in a round hole, as in reality, Burnley needs a seasoned campaigner to stabilise a rapidly sinking ship, whereas Kompany should look for a project to grow as a coach, without rash judgement and reliance on immediate successes.
Relegation or not, a rebuild at Burnley is imminent, with several of the club's core players including Ben Mee, James Tarkovski, and Nick Pope all out of contract in the next two summers, effectively removing the heart of their successes across the last five seasons.
Again, having only managed Anderlecht, Kompany has no experience of overhauling and rebuilding a squad, and although whoever sits in the dugout at Turf Moor next will have support, the onus will be on them to make final decisions.
With everything considered, the answer to our aforementioned question is no. Categorically, Burnley shouldn’t be Kompany’s next club.
At present, the only certainty at Turf Moor is uncertainty, as, without financial backing and contractual issues, the club show no evidence of future planning, and should be waving enough red flags to put any young manager off. Kompany looks to be building something at Anderlecht, and whilst one day he will undoubtedly leave, for now, he should stay the course and further his reputation, continuing to quietly watch his managerial stock rise in the process.