Damien Comolli | The Future looks bright at Anfield
Dispelling the ‘Director of Football’ Myth
Damien Comolli was once seen as an enigmatic figure to say the least. From his time as a scout for Arsenal under Arsene Wenger to his ill-fated spell at White Hart Lane, Comolli had been treated as a hindrance to the incumbent managers at the clubs he had served. However the facts suggest otherwise.
Damien Comolli has brought plenty of young talented footballers from abroad and the lower leagues of English football to the Premier League. His more notable signings are that of Luka Modric, Gareth Bale, Kolo Toure, Gael Clichy, Roman Pavlychencho and Dimitar Berbatov. Yet his arrival at Anfield was treated with trepidation. Why? In this country, we treat ‘Directors of Football’ as power hungry failed footballers or coaches who have nothing better to do than interfere with the manager and lay claim to any gem of a player they may find in Mongolia or The Congo. Remember Frank Arnesen? He was lauded as the man who discovered the Brazilian Ronaldo, even though most of the footballing world already knew about him.
Comolli warms the cockles of my heart
From his regular interviews on LFCTV and the frequent shots of him sat in the stands at Anfield during matches, Damien Comolli brings a smile to my face and warm feeling of acceptance. From his words and actions, I genuinely get the feeling he enjoys his job at Anfield as well as his relationship with King Kenny. Overseeing contract negotiations with players and transfer negotiations, Damien Comolli never fails to praise those players deserving of it. He has openly pointed out the contract extensions of Jay Spearing and John Flanagan as an indication of the clubs intentions to give the younger players that opportunity of making it at Anfield. It’s nice to see someone so high up at the club taking the time to recognise the clubs youth system, something which was missing in recent years.
The future at Anfield is in safe hands with the way things have lately been shaping up. Damien Comolli seems to have struck up a positive relationship with Kenny Dalglish, Kenny tells him what he requires, Comolli presents a list of targets and Kenny gives his approval. It allows Kenny Dalglish the freedom and time to concentrate on getting the best out of the players whilst Damien Comolli takes care of the business side of things. With the current policy of buying young players with huge potential, it looks like Liverpool have screwed their heads back on in a footballing and economical sense. With proven players in Stuart Downing and Charlie Adam being recruited, the future at Anfield looks bright. Damien Comolli may well prove to be an astute signing by FSG in it’s own right and go as far as to stick the proverbial middle finger up at Spurs and the now old anti-director of football mentality in English football.