Comolli has been a European scout for Arsenal, he was technical director at AS Saint-Étienne and the club went through a successful period, finishing sixth in the league and reaching the semi-finals of the Coupe de France.
In 2005 he became Director of Football at Tottenham Hotspur. During his time there Tottenham saw a large in take of players and sometimes didn’t see eye to eye with the manager which resulted in the managers, Martin Jol & Juande Ramos, getting the sack. At the time many felt that his transfer policy was not what Tottenham needed, and many didn’t care when he left.
He returned to Saint-Etienne and soon the manager Laurent Roussey was out the door. In November 2010 he was appointed as Director of Football Strategy at Liverpool. His two signings for Liverpool have helped revolutionize Liverpool with Suarez being a real sensation and Carroll only able to give a glimpse of what he can do now he is getting fitter.
While at Arsenal he was just a scout, but obviously wanted more, and knew he was not going to get that control as Arsène Wenger has a large amount of control of the team. He did well at Saint-Etienne and Tottenham may have started slowly but some of his signings are starting to show fruition, and maybe if they kept more faith in him, would be in a slightly better place.
In-fact Tottenham’s recent success under Harry Redknapp may not have happened if it was not for Comolli which is something Spurs fans would have rubbished a few years ago when he was there as they saw many of his signings as flops, and where angry with the sale of certain players.
Yes mistakes where made, but in hind sight maybe he did more good than bad. Players like Vedran Corluka, Luka Modric, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Heurelho Gomes, Gareth Bale, and Younes Kaboul
& Dimitar Berbatov can not be mentioned with any negativity. Well one may evoke some frustration and that is Berbatov, but a £20 plus profit can not be scoffed at, especially when a player wants to move to a club like Manchester United.
Kaboul may have had a slow start but after a loan spell at Portsmouth he came back stronger. If they had given more faith to the likes of Kevin-Prince Boateng, Darren Bent and Adel Taarabt, maybe they would have been first team regulars, and with Bent, had the fire power that they desperately need.
With Darren Bent a lot was spent and everybody thought at the time it was far too much money and from that the expectation was far too high and even though he still had a decent strike rate, he was sold on and was subsequently amazing at Sunderland and is currently doing well at Aston Villa and even scoring for England.
With Kevin-Prince Boateng he didn’t have much of a chance, and also went on loan to Borussia Dortmund. He signed for Portsmouth and played well but after they were relegated he signed for Genoa but went straight on loan to A.C Milan and that turned into a co-ownership. Kevin-Prince Boateng has been a key player for A.C Milan as they have gone on to win the Serie A this season and Adel Taarabt has been a revelation for QPR, who without him they may not have gained promotion. At the time they may have looked poor signings but as time has gone on, they seemed to have actually become good players.
Valid, not all have worked out so well like Mido, David Bentley, Ricardo Rocha, and Didier Zokora but there are still young players like Danny Rose that can prove themselves.
With Luka Modric and Gareth Bale in that list of successes you can’t really sat that he was a failure at Tottenham.
So with that Liverpool can look forward to some very interesting signings and I Comolli can have the same impact he did at Tottenham, the next few seasons look to be very bright.