New owners recruit scout, Hodgson happy

03 November 2010 05:53
Liverpool's new owners have recruited former Tottenham sporting director Damien Comolli to manage the club's transfer activity and scouting methods. Manager Roy Hodgson has spoken about the Frenchman's appointment, insisting it will allow him to focus on team affairs. ''I feel very good about it. It is something the owners were very keen to put in place,'' he said. ''It is a strategy which I think makes sense, especially for our club at this moment in time because we are in a period of transition with new owners," he said. ''They want a management structure in place which they can identify with, from American or European models and not necessarily an archetypal, if somewhat outdated, English model. ''The days of the dictator-type English manager have long since passed when everything went through one man and no one dared even buy a paper clip without that person's approval. ''There are people who dip into the roles which Damien will take over but I think it is important we have someone who will co-ordinate things in that area. ''He will certainly take a lot of the minor things that you have to deal with, allowing me to concentrate on the team management and he will help us bring the team forward. ''As far as I am concerned it does not have any effect on my role as manager; I shall be selecting the team and working with the team and making all the decisions which revolve around the team and the matches we play. ''There is no impact for me as such on my daily work, where he will help the club and help me is in the matter of player recruitment.''