By Peter Guckian.
Vincent Kompany has relinquished his matchday managerial duties at RSC Anderlecht after just four competitive games. Coach Simon Davies will be the manager on matchdays and decide on tactics and substitutions.
The defender, who had spent 11 successful years in the Premier League with Manchester City, was announced as player-manager for the Belgian side back in May.
However, on Thursday morning, it was announced that he would be relinquishing his matchday duties as a manager to focus on on-field matters and captaining the side. Anderlecht have failed to win any of their four games this season, drawing two and losing two.
Kompany was given the position following one of the most disappointing campaigns in Anderlecht’s recent history. The Belgian side finished 13th in the league last season. It was also the first time in 56 years that the team failed to finish in a European qualifying place.
It was hoped that Kompany could transfer his successful, winning mindset to the Belgian club and bring them back to the top of the league. But, so far, Anderlecht have yet to win a league game this season.
Davies, a member of Kompany’s backroom staff, will now replace him as manager on matchdays. Davies was Chester City manager back in 2008. He moved to City’s reserves in 2013 to become assistant to then manager Patrick Viera before eventually replacing him as manager in 2016. Davies left his position as head of coaching at City to join Kompany’s coaching staff in the summer.
“Kompany must be more a player during the match,” Davies said about the role change, confirming that he will decide the team’s tactics and substitutions on matchdays.
“He must be able to really lead the team on the field. Of course, no one doubts that he can, but it is important that he is merely one of the players during the match.
“So, together with my staff, I will take on the tactics next to the field. Because you can plan some things in advance, surprising things always happen during a match. I take that on me.”