Jordan warns Burnley boss Kompany that working in Belgium is a ‘poisonous chalice’ amid links

Simon Jordan has warned Burnley boss Vincent Kompany to take the Belgium national team job after Roberto Martinez quit.

The 49-year-old Spaniard has said he will not extend his contract, which expires at the end of Qatar 2022, after Belgium failed to get out of their group at the World Cup.

Martinez, who led Belgium to a third-place finish at Russia 2018 after taking on the role in 2016, was asked about the hugs he gave his players after held by Croatia in their final game were “farewell hugs”.

“Yes, that was my last game with the national team,” said the former Everton boss. “It’s moving, as you can imagine. I can’t go on (reply), sorry.

It has been reported that Kompany, who took over at Burnley in the summer, is one of the managers considered to be in the running to replace Martinez.

However, Jordan doubts Kompany will leave Turf Moor so soon after joining the Clarets who are currently top of the Championship table.

Jordan said talkSPORT“He’s a leader and I think leaders have more substance than followers. So he doesn’t strike me as someone who would jump into a job and walk out of it when he felt something better was coming up immediately.

“He stayed at Anderlecht for three years, I think he did a job, you [co-host Jim White] asked if he had done a good job at Anderlecht.

“He’s at Burnley doing a good job of bringing them together and changing the brand of football they play with, potentially knocking them out of this division from the first knocks.”

There were rumors of unrest in the Belgian camp during the World Cup and, with their “golden generation” on the verge of extinction, Jordan wondered if that would be an attractive proposition.

“Job in Belgium could be a poisoned gift, because what’s going on behind this so-called ‘golden generation’?” Jordan asked.

Before adding: “He is at a stage where he is developing his managerial career, he is still very young in managerial terms.

“He has the opportunity to manage in the Premier League rather than doing a part-time job as an international manager in a country that has failed for the past six years with its best generation of footballers.

“I think it’s degrees of loss, potentially leaving a decent job in the Premier League, potentially if he gets Burnley there, to gaining a job at some stage in his career when maybe it’s for a slightly older manager at another point in his career.

“That’s not to say Roberto Martinez was particularly old when he took the job because he wasn’t.”

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