Kompany 'becomes SHOCK leading candidate to take over at Tottenham'

Vincent Kompany ‘becomes the SHOCK leading candidate to take over as Tottenham boss’ after his superb season with Championship leaders Burnley… despite Pep Guardiola insisting he’ll one day coach Man City

  • Burnley manager Vincent Kompany is reportedly keen on the Tottenham job
  • The Clarets have fashioned a 13-point lead in the Championship under Kompany
  • Pep Guardiola said Kompany was one day destined to manage Manchester City

Vincent Kompany has emerged a leading candidate to take over at Tottenham in the wake of Antonio Conte’s departure last week, according to reports.

Conte, who furiously criticised his players before the international break following Spurs’ disappointing 3-3 draw against relegation-threatened Southampton, left Tottenham by mutual consent last Sunday, leaving deputy Cristian Stellini in charge ahead of the team’s trip to Goodison Park this weekend.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has already made contact with sacked Bayern Munich boss Julian Nagelsmann, who made way for Thomas Tuchel at the Allianz Arena last week, while ex-Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has also been linked with the job.

Former Spain head coach Luis Enrique, Fulham manager Marco Silva and Brentford boss Thomas Frank are believed to be on Levy’s radar as well.

However, according to The Sun, Kompany has emerged the leading contender for the Tottenham job, having impressed Levy during his superb campaign in charge of Championship leaders Burnley.

Vincent Kompany has reportedly emerged a leading candidate to take over as Tottenham boss

Antonio Conte left Tottenham by mutual consent last Sunday after his furious post-match rant

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy (pictured) is now on the hunt for a new manager – with Julian Nagelsmann, Mauricio Pochettino, Thomas Frank and Marco Silva all linked to the hot seat

The newspaper understands that, following Conte’s departure, the Belgian is interested in the Tottenham hot seat, which would mark a serious step in the young manager’s career, having only retired in the summer of 2020 as a player.

The Clarets, who take on Sunderland on Friday, have carved out a 13-point lead at the summit of the table and are on the cusp of securing their automatic promotion back to the Premier League. Kompany’s side can clinch promotion by next weekend. 

The Manchester City legend managed to transform Burnley into a record-chasing Championship side despite losing the likes of Nick Pope, James Tarkowski, Ben Mee and Dwight McNeil last summer.

Pep Guardiola, impressed by what he’s seen of Kompany during his managerial career so far at Anderlecht and Burnley, insisted it’s ‘written in the stars’ that the 36-year-old will one day take over as head coach of Manchester City.

Ahead of his side’s 6-0 thrashing over the Clarets in the FA Cup, Guardiola said: ‘All of us here and the fans are happy (Kompany) will be back.

Cristian Stellini (right), who was Conte’s deputy, is set to take charge of Spurs against Everton

Kompany’s old manager Pep Guardiola said he is destined to manage Manchester City one day

‘He will be back sooner or later. His destiny to be the manager of Manchester City is already written in the stars.

‘It’s going to happen, I don’t know when but it is going to happen I am pretty sure.

‘It is my feeling, maybe I am wrong. He has the attributes, work ethic, knowledge of the game, well respected, experienced.

‘Doing what he has done is so difficult and he is doing really well. He knows the club, the environment, the fans, what our people need. The destiny is there.’

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