Former Liverpool football manager Damien Comolli revealed how he brought Michael Edwards into the club while detailing the impact of his successor.
And the Frenchman believes that the Reds have been put on the road to glory by moving Fenway Sports Group President Mike Gordon to a more involved role in Anfield.
Comolli was one of the first appointments made by FSG, then known as New England Sports Ventures, after completing the acquisition of £ 300 million at Anfield in October 2010.
As part of his tenure, the Frenchman oversaw the creation of an improved analysis department and acquired Edwards from Tottenham Hotspur as head of analysis in November 2011.
Edwards was subsequently promoted to director of technical performance and technical director before taking on the current role when he was reintroduced in November 2016.
And Comolli, who left Liverpool in April 2012, provided some information about the probably most averse member of the Reds’ hierarchy.
“The hardest thing with data is making sense of it, then passing it on to coaches or players in a way that will help them,” he said.
“I asked the people in the game who was the best and one of them told Michael Edwards at Tottenham.
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“Everyone thinks he worked with Michael when I was Tottenham, but it wasn’t like that. I called him, I told him the position I was planning to create, we had a couple of meetings and then he accepted the job.
“He’s a very, very bright, very bright boy. We haven’t worked there for a long time, but when I left I said he would take control. He said ‘absolutely’. I said ‘I’m sure at some point they will make you become sports director and give you more responsibilities. “”
Comolli added: “When Brendan Rodgers came in and said he would never work with a sports director – which I never believed – I thought Michael would wait there for a while and would probably create that position (again ) Following Sports in the United States, each team has a general manager of the president of operations.
“(After Brendan left) they made two key decisions. One was to appoint (Jurgen) Klopp, and the second was to organize the club around Michael Edwards as sporting director. This put them on the right way.”
Comolli was initially appointed director of football strategy, concluded business for Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll in January 2011, and was later appointed director of football.
Speaking exclusively with The Athletic’s David Ornstein in The Ornstein & Chapman Podcast, Comolli highlighted a change in the hierarchy that has proven to have a huge advantage in Liverpool after his departure, with the Reds both European and world champions, 22 points to the top of the Premier League and having recorded record revenues in excess of £ 500 million.
“I always thought something might happen,” he said. “After I left, they changed the club’s ownership structure, Mike Gordon took over from John Henry and Tom Werner and brought stability in the way they manage the football team, and the rest is history. .
“It’s great for Liverpool Football Club, it’s great for English football.
“Mike Gordon probably knew it at least when he arrived on the scene towards the end of my time there. I connected with him very quickly, as we have seen, he is the one who has the best understanding of football.
“I don’t know much about him but I hear very positive things about the way he runs the club.
“John Henry is very analysis oriented, he’s cold and gets to the point. Tom Werner is warmer, he comes from the world of entertainment, so different personalities. They compliment each other quite well.”