41 year-old former Liverpool Director of Football, Damien Comolli, has told Sky Sports Radio that he wants to discuss the Director of Football job with Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley.
Damien Comolli – former Liverpool and Spurs Director of Football
Maybe it was that interview that started off the rumors that he may be appointed as Newcastle’s new Director of Football – a position he held at both Liverpool and Spurs.
He was appointed Director of Football Strategy at Liverpool in November of 2010, and in March of the following year was appointed as the Director of Football, having helped to sign Luis Suarz and Andy Carroll in the January transfer window of 2011.
His position covered the whole football side of the Liverpool club, except the coaching side of the team.
During his time at Liverpool he also signed Jordan Henderson, Charlie Adam, Stewart Downing, Doni, Jose Enrique, Sebastián Coates and Craig Bellamy, but of those signings only Louis Suarez, Jordan Henderson and Jose Enrique remain – although in retrospect Suarez and Henderson have turned out to be excellent buys.
And he was the Spurs Director of Football from 2005 through October of 2008, when he resigned after Spurs had been struggling (just before Redknapp was appointed to replace the sacked Juande Ramos), and he had taken some criticism for poor deals in the transfer market.
He was also Arsenal’s European scout from 1997 for seven years – and he speaks fluent English, Spanish and French.
Damien’s almost the opposite of Joe Kinnear at Newcastle, Damien signed lots of players at Liverpool, although it was following the Fenway Sports Group purchase of the side, and new players were needed and there was money to buy them.
In April of 2012, Comolli left Liverpool by what was termed mutual consent, and he said he had left due to family reasons – but there were rumors he was sacked for making some poor deals for Liverpool.
These could simply be rumors generated because Damien has said he is interested in the job at Newcastle, but we’re not sure he would be a good signing for Newcastle, but at least he’d get some players into the club.
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