Damien Comolli on Tottenham Hotspur and Harry Redknapp

Harry Redknapp

Damien Comolli highlights his success at Tottenham Hotspur and criticises Harry Redknapp.

Damien Comolli has defended his role as the Tottenham Hotspur director of football for three years between 2005 and 2008, according to FourFourTwo.

Comolli has also criticised former Tottenham and Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp for not giving credit to the role.

"I read the piece when Harry Redknapp was criticising directors of football,” FourFourTwo quotes him as saying. "I can't remember if he said they were a joke or a waste of time, but, whatever, I do know that the best team he has ever managed in his life was put together by two directors of football, Frank Arnesen and myself at Spurs

"When I left Spurs, everybody told me the signings were no good, [Luka] Modric was no good and [Younes] Kaboul was no good and [Gareth] Bale wasn't good and so-and-so wasn't good.

"But a year and a half later those players finished fourth and went into the Champions League and Spurs sold them for big money.”

Are directors of football good for clubs?

The position of a director of football has its merits, and indeed Tottenham have benefitted from it.

Over the years, the North London club have signed a number of top players, including Luka Modric and Gareth Bale.

While a manager at a football club can often look after his own interest and want to sign players for the immediate future, a director of football focuses on the club’s long-term interest.

Acting as an intermediary between the manager and the board, the director of football can help the former focus on coaching the players and getting results.

The problem with such an arrangement is that managers are often left with players who do not fit into their style: he essentially coaches a group of players assembled by someone else.

The key to a successful relationship between a manager and a director of football at a club is good communication, and doing what is best for the club.

A compromise needs to be made between the two when making key decisions, especially when signing players.

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