Ex-Liverpool and Spurs director of football Damien Commoli says Man Utd need someone in that role
Manchester United need to appoint a director of football, according to Damien Commoli.
The former Tottenham and Liverpool director of football claims the champions’ activity during the transfer window indicates that they need to create a similar role at Old Trafford.
“If there was a club in need of a director of football to ease the process for both individuals it was Manchester United,” said Comolli.
The man responsible for bringing the likes of Andy Carroll, Stewart Downing and Charlie Adam to Anfield. At the time of writing, his Wikipedia page features an excellent pair of inverted commas in the sentence: “In the summer transfer window for the 2011/12 season Comolli ‘helped’ Liverpool FC sign Jordan Henderson, Charlie Adam, Stewart Downing, Doni, José Enrique, Sebastián Coates and Craig Bellamy.”
At Spurs, he had signed David Bentley, Roman Pavlyuchenko and Alan Hutton. But he can take credit for securing the valuable signature of Gareth Bale.
The Frenchman believes the summer appointments of new manager David Moyes and chief executive Ed Woodward meant United were always in a race against time before the transfer window. He said that pressure could have been eased by a director of football.
He told BBC Radio 5 Live: “David only joined on 1 July which was quite late.
“The issue for Manchester United is that the two most important people at the club in Sir Alex and David Gill left their positions and new people came in for their first transfer window.
“For some reason the club weren’t prepared or they didn’t think it would be that difficult and they ended up in a difficult situation.”