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Kompany changes gameday role after Anderlecht’s winless start

RSC Anderlecht v KV Mechelen - Jupiler Pro League

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - AUGUST 09: Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht Head Coach / Player Manager, Vincent Kompany in action during the Jupiler Pro League match between RSCA or Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht and KV Mechelen at Constant Vanden Stock Stadium on August 09, 2019 in Brussels, Belgium. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

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BRUSSELS (AP) Player-coach Vincent Kompany is giving up some match-day duties for Anderlecht after a winless start in the Belgian league.

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Assistant coach Simon Davies says he will now take responsibility for tactical changes and substitutions, while Kompany will step up on the field as captain.

Kompany has overseen two draws and two losses, including a second-half slump at Kortrijk last weekend in a 4-2 loss. Anderlecht is 13th in the 16-team league.

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Davies says the new system starts at defending champion Genk on Friday.

The coach, who followed Kompany from Manchester City in the offseason, says “we need some stability” and adds his boss is “really going to concentrate on being the player on match day.”