Damien Comolli came under a great deal of criticism during his time as sporting director of Tottenham Hotspur but one thing he was is decisive in the transfer market.
As a Sporting Director you are ultimately accountable for the successes and failures of your decisions which is what ultimately cost him his job following the spectacular failure of Juande Ramos.
Admittedly there have been other failures and some players who for various reasons the jury is still out on like Bentley, Gio Dos Santos, Gomes, Kaboul, Pavlyuchenko, KP Boateng (now at Milan) and youngsters like Rose and Bostock. However it should not be forgotten that it was Comolli’s scouting network and ability to sell the club in the face of often stiff competition that helped bring in some of Tottenham’s best players in recent seasons like Berbatov, Modric, Bale and Assou Ekotto.
Without a sporting director Daniel Levy is now finding himself back at the sharp end of running a football club and all the signs are that he is struggling. The Chairman is currently fighting on several fronts from returning to the High Court to request a judicial review of the OPLC decision, overseeing the development of clubs training facilities, exploring options for stadium improvement, negotiating fees for fringe players, battling to keep current players and apparently trying to bring in fresh faces to the club. A great multi-tasker and negotiator he might be but superman he is not. To be effective on all fronts is an impossible task for any one man and Daniel Levy must now relinquish some of the responsibility regarding player recruitment and retention.
Comolli, now at Liverpool has continued his bold transfer spending spree since his arrival bringing in players like Carroll, Suarez, Henderson, Adam and is now in the hunt for goalkeeper Doni and Aston Villa winger Downing. Tottenham by contrast are struggling to keep the key players they have, offload the fringe players Redknapp no longer wants (many of which were his own buys like Palacios, Kranjcar, Keane, Defoe, Crouch) and have no clear transfer targets of their own.
Spurs must now be looking at Liverpool with an envious eye regarding their decisiveness in the transfer market which could ultimately dash Spurs own ambitions to stay in touch with the elite of the Premier League.