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Bayern appoint Kompany to end long search for new coach

AFP | Munich, Germany

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Bayern Munich named Vincent Kompany as the new coach of the German giants on a three-year contract on Wednesday, in a surprise move. Kompany, 38, joins Bayern despite seeing his Burnley team relegated from the Premier League this season.

"I'm looking forward to the challenge of FC Bayern. It's a great honour to be able to work for this club - FC Bayern is an institution in international football," said Kompany in a club statement.

"I'm now looking forward to the basics: working with the players, building a team.

Once the basis is right, success will follow." Kompany's hiring brings to an end Bayern's exhaustive search for a replacement for Thomas Tuchel after the club's first trophyless season in 12 years.

Bayern announced that Tuchel would depart at the end of the season in February after falling behind eventual champions Bayer Leverkusen in the title race.

Leverkusen coach Xabi Alonso, Germany boss Julian Nagelsmann and Austria manager Ralf Rangnick all reportedly turned down Bayern’s interest.