Premier League legend Vincent Kompany has retired from football to become the full-time manager of Belgian giants Anderlecht.
Kompany, 34, returned to the Jupluer Pro League outfit as player-manager after 11 glittering seasons with Manchester City where he lifted 11 major titles and captained the English outfit.
His return to Belgium proved to be a baptism of fire as he struggled to cope with the demands of the dual role before Simon Davies took over as head coach and Franky Vercauteren saw out the season with results not forthcoming.
After an eighth-place finish in the Belgian top-flight, Vercauteren has now departed after only two games into the 2020/21 season and Kompany will now step in as the permanent head coach.
RCSA have confirmed the Kompany has signed a four-year contract to lead the new ambitious project for the record 34-time league champions.
"I want to fully commit to my role as a coach and need 100% of my time and focus for it," Kompany said. "That's why I'm quitting as a football player.
"Our ambition and our hunger remains the same. I want to stay with the club for at least 4 seasons and prove that Anderlecht can play a modern style of football, with results. I want to thank Franky for all his help."
Kompany's first game in charge will be a league clash against 14th placed Mouscron on Sunday at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium.
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