In a recent episode of The Athletic Football Podcast, journalist Sam Lee claimed that Vincent Kompany is likely to succeed Pep Guardiola as Manchester City manager, despite ongoing speculation linking him with Tottenham Hotspur.
Kompany, a former Manchester City player and captain, has been widely touted as a potential manager for various clubs. However, according to Lee, City is his most probable destination.
Lee cited Guardiola’s own comments about Kompany’s managerial potential as evidence for his claim. The City boss has spoken publicly about Kompany’s future, stating on several occasions that he believes the Belgian is destined to manage the club.
While Tottenham have been heavily linked with Kompany, Lee believes that the 36-year-old may opt to continue his career with City instead. Journalist Dean Jones, meanwhile, has expressed skepticism over whether Kompany is truly Tottenham’s top managerial target, but believes that his name is likely being considered.
Kompany has already shown his managerial credentials, leading Burnley to the fastest-ever promotion in Championship history. However, Lee suggests that a move to City could be the ultimate test of his abilities.
“If Vincent Kompany does impress as Tottenham manager and also manages to win a trophy, he could perhaps deem himself ready to take on the impossible job of succeeding Pep Guardiola at Manchester City,” Lee said.
Lee also spoke about his conversations with people close to Kompany, stating that they were surprised to hear that he could potentially replace Guardiola. While Kompany may not yet have the top-level experience that some expect from a Manchester City manager, Lee suggests that his potential is undeniable.
Ultimately, whether Kompany ends up at Tottenham or City remains to be seen. However, Lee’s comments suggest that the Belgian is a strong candidate for one of the most coveted jobs in world football.