Employing Comolli was ‘a mistake’

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Saint Etienne co chairman Bernard Caiazzo has launched an attack on Liverpool’s new director of football strategy Damian Comolli.

Comolli previously worked with the French club, taking full charge of their transfer dealings, before leaving earlier this month.

He took over the job at Anfield and has been employed to help Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson in the transfer market, particularly with his contacts in France and Europe.

Comolli and Hodgson have been back to France, and in particular Saint Etienne, to scout a number of players.

The likes of Les Verts’ Yann M’Vila, Dimitri Payet and Blaise Matuidi as well as Lille duo Eden Hazard and Gervinho have all been linked with a move to Anfield recently.

Of Comolli’s departure, Caiazzo told the News of the World: “We are not crying into our handkerchiefs.”

“You need some humility in football and Damien was convinced he was right 100 per cent of the time. There was never any question of dialogue.”

The Frenchman then sounded a warning to Liverpool, laying into Comolli’s dealings in the transfer market.

“Damien enjoyed total power in his first year with us. His was the last word on all transfers and that is how he wanted it,” he added.

“The manager at the time, Alain Perrin, had not even seen some of the players he was given. Damien was his boss.

“His powers were much reduced in January after the failure of his transfer policy the previous summer and he was not pleased.

"I would have fired him then but my co-chairman defended him for months, even when results were poor. It was a mistake bringing him back to the club.”

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