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Comolli expects Hodgson harmony
Published : 15 Nov 2010 20:00:56
Liverpool director of football strategy Damien Comolli has revealed he will be "involved in everything which is related to football" in his new role at Anfield - but that will not extend to dictating which players should be signed by manager Roy Hodgson.
Comolli joined Liverpool earlier this month - just weeks after the takeover of the club by New England Sport Ventures (NESV) - having previously served in a similar role at Tottenham and French outfit St Etienne.
"As far as I am concerned, and the way I have always worked in this job, is do not bring a player in who the manager doesn't like because there's no point. Talking in very basic terms, if you bring a player in who the manager doesn't like you are just wasting money, that's the bottom line.That's the way I have always been working and I expect with Roy it will be exactly the same thing," said Comolli.
NESV described Comolli's appointment as "the first step in creating a leadership group and structure designed to develop, enhance and implement our long-term philosophy", although his arrival has also cast doubt over the depth of Hodgson's influence at the Merseyside outfit.
Comolli insists, however, that his role should not be seen as a threat to Hodgson's authority in the transfer market.
"I think sometimes it becomes controversial and it should not be. As [Liverpool owner] John Henry said, it will be a consensus among us," Comolli explained.
"That's the way John sees it, that's the way I see it and that's the way Roy sees it. The manager's decision and the manager's opinion on a player is absolutely crucial.
Comolli does not expect to have any problems in forming a working partnership with Hodgson.
"We already had a good relationship from my time at Spurs when he was coach at Finland or Fulham," Comolli told www.liverpoolfc.tv. "We've been talking at length since I joined, several times a day on different issues and different matters, not only related to the transfer window or to scouting, we talk about everything."