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Comolli: Time at Spurs a success

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Former Tottenham sporting director Damien Comolli insists his time at White Hart Lane was a success and believes the team's upturn in fortunes is a result of his legacy.

Comolli was sacked last month along with former head coach Juande Ramos after a disastrous start to the season which saw Spurs claim just two points from their opening eight league games, leaving them four points adrift at the bottom of the Barclays Premier League.

However, Comolli told The Sun: "My time at Tottenham went exceptionally well. I took a lot of pleasure in what I achieved."

He added: "I had a lot of success. I did a lot of good for the team and left a club in great shape. The current results are showing what I did for Tottenham. The team is great and young."

Comolli had overseen transfer dealings over the previous three years but it was the sales of strikers Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov, to Liverpool and Manchester United, respectively, that apparently underpinned Spurs' struggles.

Subsequent acquisitions Fraizer Campbell, on loan from Manchester United, and Roman Pavlyuchenko failed to shine under Ramos while David Bentley and Jonathan Woodgate went public with their criticism of the team's displays.

But Harry Redknapp was immediately appointed as new manager and has since led the side out of the drop zone and into the quarter-finals of the Carling Cup with the likes of Campbell and Pavlyuchenko inspired by the former Pompey boss' arrival.

And Comolli, who has since joined French side St Etienne in a similar role, believes he is at least partly responsible for the side's improvement.

"I am still asking myself what happened in the end. I don't understand it," he said. "I advised the club to take a coach (Ramos) and it went well at first. But when he had problems the club turned on me.

"I am leaving a club with a lot of assets, many, many good players."

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Tottenham Hotspur
Jonathan Woodgate
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Portsmouth
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Dimitar Berbatov
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Manchester United
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