Former Newcastle United captain enters race for Burnley job as three-year deal & compensation agreed

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Burnley are searching for a new manager with Vincent Kompany set to join Bayern Munich.

Former Newcastle United captain Scott Parker has emerged as the frontrunner to take charge at Burnley.

Just weeks after losing their Premier League status, the Clarets are set to lose their manager with Vincent Kompany agreeing a move to Bayern Munich. It’s understood the Belgian will sign a three-year deal with the Bundesliga side reportedly set to pay £10.2million in compensation.

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Bayern have been on the look out for a new boss since announcing in February that they had agreed to part ways with Thomas Tuchel at the end of the season. The likes of Xabi Alonso, Unai Emery, Oliver Glasner, Julen Lopetegui and Ralf Rangnick have been considered but none of which have accepted the job.

Why Bayern Munich are taking a massive gamble on Burnley's Vincent KompanyWhy Bayern Munich are taking a massive gamble on Burnley's Vincent Kompany
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Indeed, it’s been a difficult campaign for the German giants, who finished third in the Bundesliga, 18 points off surprise winners Bayer Leverkusen. It’s the first time in 12 years Bayern have failed to win the league title.

Meanwhile, Burnley have ambitions to return to England’s top-flight at the first attempt, just like they did under Kompany two years ago when they won the Championship title. And one former Magpie who is early favourite to take over is Parker.

Parker, who made 73 appearances for Newcastle between 2005 and 2007, has been out of work since March 2023 after being sacked by Belgian side Club Brugge following just 67 days in charge.

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Prior to that, the 42-year-old led Bournemouth to Premier League promotion, though was sacked just four games into the 2022-23 season - his last match being a 9-0 defeat at Liverpool. But 43-year-old’s reputation remains in tact having also guided Fulham out of the Championship.

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