Vincent Kompany is ‘million miles ahead’ Championship managers’ and could manage Manchester City one day, ex-teammate Nedum Onuoha insists.
The Burnley boss arrived at Turf Moor in the summer to replace Mike Jackson, who was in caretaker charge after longstanding manager Sean Dyche was sacked.
There were plenty of eyebrows raised after a complete change of direction, with former City captain Kompany relatively inexperienced, having only coached Anderlecht.
But it has proved a masterstroke so far, with the Clarets crusing at the top of the Championship, on course to return to the Premier League at the first time of asking and doing so in style on the pitch.
And Onuoha, who played alongside Kompany at City, believes the former defender is the best coach in the Championship by a longshot and insisted he could replace Pep Guardiola at the Etihad one day.
He exclusively told talkSPORT: “It is unfair that Vini [Kompany] is coaching in the Championship because he is so far ahead of the other managers that are in that division.
“From the way he looks at the game, the way he is with the players. Everything. He is a million miles ahead of all of them.
“You look at it, [Burnley] are 16 points clear of the team that are third so they are almost certain to go up automatically.
“Some managers have really good ideas but don’t know how to implement them.
“But first he has to command their respect because its him firstly, but he will say things like ‘how would you like to get more touches on the ball?’
“Who is going to say no? So this is how to do it. ‘How would you like to score more goals?’
“Yeah, yeah, yeah, ‘well we are going to press higher, and this is the why’.
“So he always has something at the end of the conversation that will bring people on board.
“From a preparations standpoint, he has got it sorted. He’s got the ideas, he’s got the vision, he has played under some really good managers but he is still very much himself.
“The fact that you can take Burnley as a team that doesn’t really want to play into a team that insists on playing, and find success with it, says a lot about him.”
In his prime, Kompany is rated as one of the best central defenders to grace the Premier League and he won four titles with City, as well as four EFL Cups and two FA Cups.
His intelligent defending has seemed to translate into his coaching but Onuoha has admitted that the Belgian still has a mean streak in him.
The ex-QPR star said: “The best of all, he is still just a psycho. Some of the team talks I’ve heard him give to the team, he’s like ‘I hate these players, go and kill them’.”
Guardiola has been in charge at City since 2016 and has led them to unprecedented success, winning four Premier League titles in his time at the club.
But Onuoha went on to label Kompany as a potential successor in the future, admitting that the ex-Belgium international could be an option further down the line.
He added: “In the Championship, you’ve got some young managers. So he’s 37 now, but there are people managing at 77 so he might manage City in the future.
“But knows what City will look like in the future, anything could happen.”