Reflecting on Liverpool’s defeat to Wolves in my article yesterday, I doubted the possibility that John W Henry and FSG would make a quick decision over manager Roy Hodgson. After all Henry & Co have only owned a football club for a couple of months and the Liverpool’s principal owner has freely admitted that he knew relatively little about football before their attempt to buy the club back in October. It seems all the more likely then that the owners will rely on the judgement and expertise of the only man in the Anfield hierarchy, other than Kenny Dalglish, who has some football experience; Damien Comolli. The Frenchman’s relationship with Hodgson is crucial as to when Roy actually departs the club.
It is said that Comolli has a good relationship with Roy. Why wouldn’t he? After all it is becoming increasingly apparent that Comolli is taking full control of transfers; a state of affairs other managers maybe less inclined to put up with. Evidence for this growing power grab comes in the form of two instances that have occurred this week. The first is the apparent sacking of Eduardo Macia as Chief Scout. Certainly there is a case to be made that Comolli must bring in his own scouting network but there is suspicion that the Frenchman does not want to have another leading figure at the club who can give contradictory advice to the manager about players. After all, John Henry and Tom Werner have stated that transfer decisions will be made “by consensus” and that the more opinions to make a decision the better. The sacking of Macia seems to contradict this approach as the Spaniard has a wide knowledge of the Spanish league giving the manager Spanish options while Comolli will have greater knowledge of France. It seems to be a narrowing of the hierarchy rather than any real effort to make the process more consensual.
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