Anderlecht appoint former manager Frank Vercauteren as head coach

Featured in the Raumdeuter Online Magazine – Edition #7

Vincent Kompany’s return to Anderlecht as player-manager hasn’t gone too smoothly so far, with the Belgian club struggling for form on the pitch. As such, the club have moved to appoint former boss Frank Vercauteren as head coach – though this move is not said to affect Kompany’s own position at the club.

As part of the staff changes, technical director Frank Arnesen has left the club and Simon Davies returns to his role of assistant coach. Arnesen’s replacement by former player and manager Vercauteren comes less than a year on from his appointment in December 2018.

Anderlecht appear to be desperately scrambling their ship, after the dismal early form. Currently, the 34-time champions sit in 13th place in the 16- team Belgian top flight, having claimed just six points from the opening nine games – winning only once.

Kompany’s return to the club, taking charge in the summer, increasingly appears to have been a decision charged with sentiment, but which may have been a mistake.

Already last month, the 33-year-old Kompany stepped down from his matchday managerial duties to focus on his on-field performances in defence, leaving then head coach Davies in charge of tactical changes and substitutions during the games. Injury has ruled Kompany out of playing the last four games, too.

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