John Henry praises Damien Comolli at Liverpool

10 November 2011 07:48
John W Henry believes Damien Comolli has emphatically silenced the sceptics as he hailed his first year at Anfield a success.

Liverpool's principal owner caused eyebrows to be raised last November when he made Comolli his first appointment as the club's Director of Football following Fenway Sports Group's takeover.

There was suspicion about what Comolli would contribute, given his spell with Tottenham had in acrimony in 2008, while questions were then raised in January over whether he could work closely with Kenny Dalglish.

But such is the impact Comolli has made, Henry has credited the Frenchman with helping Liverpool 're-establish' a philosophy and insists he has an integral role to play in shaping the club's future.

Silencing the doubters: Henry (right) has praised Comolli's (centre) impact at Anfield

'It's been a great first year,' said Henry. 'His accomplishments so far - most of them unseen by people outside the club - have been extremely important. He has organized so much so quickly and so well.

'Stability, clarity and purpose have been established.  A philosophy had been re-established.  And just as importantly there is a strong trust that has developed among staff and has been translated into the dressing room.

'I don't think it was a gamble (to appoint him) at all. I believe not having a Director of Football is a gamble and Kenny agrees with that perception. The manager's job is huge in football throughout the world for large clubs.  No one person can be responsible for every aspect of the operation.'

Progress: Liverpool currently lie sixth in the Premier League, with 19 points from 11 matches

Dalglish has gone on record several times about how cordial his relationship with Comolli is and Henry - who has stressed that the manager always has the final decision on new signings - says the two men have proven to be an ideal foil.

'I was speaking with Kenny about it this week and he doesn't see that much difference between our model and the model of Liverpool when he was managing before,' Henry said. 

'It's up to Damien and his staff to identify, study and acquire the right players, but Kenny always has the ultimate say. The two of them work very, very well with each other.'

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