Chairman Alan Pace says keeping manager Vincent Kompany at Burnley is like ‘going out with the prettiest girl in town and knowing there’s probably no way she’ll ever marry you’.
Kompany won promotion to the Premier League with the Clarets by winning the league title with 101 points.
The 37-year-old has since signed a new five-year deal but speculation continues to link him to other clubs.
“It’s all the time,” Pace told BBC Radio Lancashire.
“It’s not a problem for me to fire him one day, because that’s another story.
“My concern, as I tried to explain to her, is that it’s like dating the prettiest girl in town, and knowing that there’s probably no way she’ll ever marry you. day.
“But, everybody wants to marry her. So it’s like, how long can you date, how long can you stay together, how long can you stay together?
“I hope it’s for a very, very, very long time. But it’s up to ‘her’.”
“One of the most special people I have met”
As managing partner of ALK Capital and in a long business career, Pace has been involved in the recruitment of a large number of personnel.
Securing the appointment of a new manager straight after relegation from the Premier League in 2021-22 was essential, given the financial stakes and the difficulty of the Championship.
However, the Belgian and Burnley seem to have been a perfect fit, given their seemingly unstoppable march to the title this season.
“Vincent is probably one of the most special people I’ve ever met,” Pace added.
“One of the most thoughtful, considerate, holding standards and highest culture bearers I have ever met, standards for himself and for others.
“The ability to communicate his desire for success, his willingness to get into the weeds and depths of whatever it takes to dig it up and make it possible.
“The way he can develop relationships with players and others, you all see that in the media all the time, but all I’m telling you is you only get a tenth of what you get. ‘he is really.
“I’m sure only his family knows how special he really is, but from what I have to spend time with, he’s amazing.”