Technically, he actually joined a week or so before the Mansour takeover.As much as I hate City, I can't hate this man. Joined the club very early in their new phase and played a pivotal role in what they've done since. A bona fide Premier League Legend in my opinion. Not sure if a role as player/manager is a rational appointment though.
I'm not saying you're wrong, but I think you could probably say that as well as being examples of loyalty, the decisions you reference (bringing Scholes back from retirement especially), are examples of the changing of the guard from United to City and the effects of Glazernomics on the dynamic of power.This nonsense line keeps getting rolled out...
United under Fergie kept players who gave everything and were fiercely loyal the same amount of loyalty.
Scholars was brought back, after retiring. Giggs, Neville are two more examples of players not just tossed aside because they ended up the wrong side of 30.
Away from United there are countless examples. Robben and Ribery at Bayern being two recent ones. Del Piero and Juventus was what, 36/37 when Juventus decided not to renew his contract. There are loads more out there.
The reality is Kompany has a terrible injury record and likely doesn't have the legs to continue. It will be as much his decision as City being "ruthless". The fact he's gone to be player manager at Anderlecht shows he's been thinking about retirement.
So no, this isn't how the big clubs do it, it's not even how City do it. It's a 33 year old with a bad injury record making a decision to prolong his career while also planning for his next step.
Kompany wasn’t the only one to come in for some criticism from those closely associated with Anderlecht, as former manager Aad de Mos described current under-21s boss Craig Bellamy as completely inept as a trainer.
“I saw Bellamy at work at the Ottencup in Eindhoven,” the 72-year-old told La Derniere Heure. “He knows nothing about it. I have never seen such bad coaching in the last five years at Anderlecht’s youth side.
“There was no structure in the game. After ten minutes I already understood that he really is nothing as a trainer.”
I think Rooney is coach + player.
The difference between "manager" and "head coach" like in English football doesn't really exist in Belgium, neither in terminology nor in football.He's going Derby as a player/coach not player/manager
That was what I thought too. Player/manager should ultimately have the club as their main focus including during international breaks, working with the players who haven't been called up and start preparing for the next game but instead he'll be with the Belgium squad.It's bizarre that he's the manager of a club team but is still playing Internationally.
I don't get what you are saying.The difference between "manager" and "head coach" like in English football doesn't really exist in Belgium, neither in terminology nor in football.