Comolli exit means the Reds’ grand plan has been “scrapped”
Amid the excitement of reaching this season’s FA Cup final, the ruthless and swift dismissal of Liverpool’s director of football Damien Comolli has gone largely unnoticed outside of Merseyside. The Life’s A Pitch team assesses the significance of this decision by the club’s American owners and wonders just what the future now holds for Kenny Dalglish and his side.
Attempting to fathom the reasons behind Liverpool’s axing of the well-regarded Frenchman, The People’s Tom Hopkinson wonders if it was down to the high costs of players he helped bring to Anfield. “If you take a step back and look at the players Comolli did sign you can’t actually blame him for going for them,” he says. “The problem was, the amount of money they spent on them, and if Comolli was the man that signed off the cheques and said this is what we’re prepared to pay, I think that’s where the problem was.”
Rumours abound that Kenny Dalglish’s relationship with his director of football had broken down, but the Sunday Mirror’s David Walker thinks the duo got on just fine. “Because of the way the business was presented to Kenny and Damien Comolli, they became allies,” claims David. “I’m told about people in America watching YouTube [videos] of a kid in Japan that does amazing tricks and scores from 50 yards and asking: ‘Why don’t we sign him?’ and you’ve got Kenny and Comolli looking at each other and saying this is crazy.”
According to Duncan White of the Sunday Telegraph, the sacking is much more significant than it appears at first glance. “When he [Comolli] came in there was a plan, this is a blueprint for how things are going to work. What they’ve now said is, what we were all planning, we’ll scrap that and start again from the beginning,” he says. “It’s a momentous decision for the club. The next appointment now has to be bang on, otherwise it could become a cyclical issue.”
The panel also discusses Andy Carroll’s England prospects.
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