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.