Vincent Kompany's plans to manage Anderlecht are in the balance after it emerged the former Manchester City defender still doesn't have the required coaching badges.
Kompany, 34, announced his retirement as a player earlier this month so that he could take sole charge of the Belgian club.
He returned to Anderlecht as player-manager at the start of last season after leading City to a domestic quadruple – and was granted a six-month window to get the necessary UEFA Pro Licence qualification.
The Brussels club were fined 5,000 euros (£4,500) because of the oversight.
Anderlecht's defence was that head coach Simon Davies was actually in charge of team affairs on match days.
And club lawyer Bert Van Der Auwere even claimed that Kompany's appointment had been a PR stunt.
But that argument was not accepted by the Belgian FA.
And that prompted the club to then appoint former coach Frank Vercauteren as manager.
Vercauteren stepped aside after a disappointing season which saw Anderlecht struggling in eighth place in the Juliper Pro League when the campaign was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Injuries limited Kompany to just 15 appearances.
And when he suffered a muscle problem in a pre-season game, it was confirmed that he would be taking over as manager from Vercauteren.
Nils Van Brantegem, the licence manager of the Belgian League, said: “Kompany has had his warning – and he should be aware of that.”
It was the worst kept secret in Belgium that Vercauteren had been appointed to tick a box and that Kompany was in charge of team affairs.
He now faces a race against time to get his coaching badges – and faces the prospect of a stadium ban and fine if he fails to meet the criteria.
Kompany spent 11 years at City – and it has just been announced that the club has commissioned a statue in his honour.
He joined the Blues in a £6million deal from Hamburg in 2008 after coming through the youth system at Anderlecht.
He lifted four Premier League titles as City captain and also won two FA Cups and five League Cups.
Kompany was handed a £104,000-a-week contract when he returned to the club that launched his career last summer after turning down the offer of a one-year contract extension with City.
Players enjoy favourable tax rates in Belgium so his take home pay as a manager will drop by almost two thirds.
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