12 April 2012 @ 12:04 pm
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Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli has left the club by mutual consent, the Reds have announced.


Comolli said: "I am happy to move on from the club and go back to France for family reasons."
He added: "I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to work at Liverpool. I wish the club all the best for the future."
The announcement was made as Liverpool prepare for their FA Cup semi-final against Everton at Wembley on Saturday.

Liverpool chairman Werner said: "The club needs to move forward and we now have a huge game on Saturday. It is important that everyone joins us in supporting the manager and gets behind Kenny [Dalglish] and the team and focuses on a strong finish to the season."
Principal owner Henry added: "We are grateful for all of Damien's efforts on behalf of Liverpool and wish him all the best for the future."

Following Comolli's departure on Thursday, Dalglish said: "He has been really helpful in every transfer target that we've gone for.
"Everyone who has come into the club since Damien has been here was of my choice.
"Once I made the choice who I wanted, Damien went away and did a fantastic job of bringing them in.
"It's sad to see anyone leave the football club and he goes with my best wishes."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/17687524


ETA 1: @BenSmithBBC Peter Brukner, head of sports medicine/ science, leaves #LFC. He will almost certainly not be the last to go today.
ETA 2: LFC sack goalkeeper coach John Achterberg, according to TIA
ETA 3: @thisisanfield Reports now that #LFC's in-house lawyer, Natalie Wignall, has become the FOURTH full-time member of staff sacked today.
ETA 4: @BBCSport Johan Cruyff among names being targeted by Liverpool after director of football Damien Comolli departs, BBC understands (no idea how the Beeb/LFC thought up this one)
ETA 5: @stephen1martin Cruyff's accepted a deal in principle.
ETA 6: Cruyff has stepped down from his advisory role at Ajax


So, er... good morning everyone I guess.
 
 
 
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Lizgrrliz on April 12th, 2012 11:13 am (UTC)
1) Telegraph article on it here, where "mutual consent" is indeed revealed to be not actual mutual consent, as I assume we all suspected.

2) Could a maintainer / moderator for this community cheque the moderation queue? I have something in there from over a week ago that can be deleted (it was time sensitive and thus no longer necessary) but it prevents me from making any other posts to this community, which I discovered while trying to post this news. Thanks!
noodlecookienoodlecookie on April 12th, 2012 11:18 am (UTC)
1. I highly doubt the club would've stated that anyone would be sacked, so I'm guessing he was told to leave.

2. I had problems posting this here as well. I think it's due to the Photobucket/Tinypic image links, because when I posted again without any images, it posted immediately without having to go through the moderation queue. I added the image in afterwards. So my other post that I made can be deleted now.
(no subject) - grrliz on April 12th, 2012 11:21 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - noodlecookie on April 12th, 2012 11:26 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - bleeding_dry on April 12th, 2012 06:12 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - archsaio on April 12th, 2012 12:09 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - noodlecookie on April 12th, 2012 12:21 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Able, but Idle: kennykemlyn on April 12th, 2012 11:18 am (UTC)
I tried to post this and it got stuck in the mod queue. *grumble* *grumble*
Anyway...

FSG really don't fuck about do they?
noodlecookienoodlecookie on April 12th, 2012 11:20 am (UTC)
Yeah like I said in a different comment I think it's because of the image links. I tried removing them, then posting it with only the text, then edited the image back into it and I didn't go through the moderation queue.

It was quite a surprise to see this, I hadn't even finished my breakfast yet!

Edited at 2012-04-12 11:21 am (UTC)
(no subject) - grrliz on April 12th, 2012 11:22 am (UTC) (Expand)
until the very endarchsaio on April 12th, 2012 11:29 am (UTC)
In other news, Peter Gulacsi is back from loan on Hull City.
noodlecookienoodlecookie on April 12th, 2012 11:30 am (UTC)
Yes, thank goodness. Now, amongst other benefits such as the obvious, I can finally learn how to pronounce his name!
(no subject) - sillywonka on April 12th, 2012 07:43 pm (UTC) (Expand)
sonrisa_82sonrisa_82 on April 12th, 2012 11:38 am (UTC)
if its true that all the transfers were actually kenny's decision, think its a bit harsh that comollis had to leave. owners mean business i guess|! wonder if we'll get someone in to replace him?
noodlecookienoodlecookie on April 12th, 2012 11:47 am (UTC)
Well there's rumours flying around (lovely rumours) that it was either a mixed bag of decisions, all mutual decisions, all signed by Kenny or Adam and Downing were the only ones signed by Kenny. So... pick one :D
(no subject) - kemlyn on April 12th, 2012 11:54 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - sonrisa_82 on April 12th, 2012 12:12 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - sukha4 on April 12th, 2012 01:04 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - archsaio on April 12th, 2012 12:20 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - kemlyn on April 12th, 2012 12:33 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Jennythelichen on April 12th, 2012 11:44 am (UTC)
I... wow.
noodlecookienoodlecookie on April 12th, 2012 11:45 am (UTC)
The rumour is that now David Dein is going to be the new Director of Football as, @RorySmithTimes points out, he was seen at Liverpool's last two matches. A bit amusing that we're potentially moving from Tottenham's alumni to Arsenal's, but his history is very promising.
sonrisa_82sonrisa_82 on April 12th, 2012 12:07 pm (UTC)
wow, he does have an impressive history! thats like all the most successful arsenal players from the past twenty odd years
(no subject) - sukha4 on April 12th, 2012 01:05 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - stars2small2use on April 12th, 2012 03:28 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Zilchrobinsparkle on April 12th, 2012 12:01 pm (UTC)
interesting...........

Not sure if this is good news or bad? We have shit signings but whose fault is that, really? Plus he did so well for Tottenham...idk


But hopefully that means amazing signings in the Summer pleaseeeeeee
17x1717x17 on April 12th, 2012 12:19 pm (UTC)
Because majority of all of his signings are flops...The same was at Spurs....til 2009 ;)

xue: kennyrapsukha4 on April 12th, 2012 01:08 pm (UTC)
Really didn't see this coming. Especially with this timing...

I don't know what to make of Kenny's comment about all transfers being his decision. Was he just trying to encourage the players or was he being defiant to the owners? Anyway it seems FSG are pretty ruthless and I think that's a good thing. Whatever comes next, we'll see.

I think if we're still going with a DoF, he should be someone with a vision and should be a long term position where he decides the direction of the club and what kind of football we play, what kind of players we sign etc.
xue: kennyrapsukha4 on April 12th, 2012 01:12 pm (UTC)
Stay tuned. There might be more to come...
Able, but Idle: kennykemlyn on April 12th, 2012 01:17 pm (UTC)
Don't say that, I have to go out now...
Jen, Jenny, Jennifersillywonka on April 12th, 2012 01:13 pm (UTC)
Hmmmmm.......

What next...
roger_this: noodlecookiebroger_this on April 12th, 2012 01:18 pm (UTC)
WHO CARES! I'M GOING TO LIVERPOOL IN TWO WEEKS Sorry, I know no1 currs but I had to tell someone. Everyone keeps asking me why the fuck liverpool, and I'm like are you crazy bitch, because of reasons, and then i tell them I'm a fan of the club and I get another wtf look.
xue: kennyrapsukha4 on April 12th, 2012 01:23 pm (UTC)
omg have fun! Are you going to a game?
(no subject) - roger_this on April 12th, 2012 01:41 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - sillywonka on April 12th, 2012 01:36 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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(no subject) - sillywonka on April 12th, 2012 01:58 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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(no subject) - scruby on April 12th, 2012 02:17 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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(no subject) - scruby on April 12th, 2012 02:19 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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(no subject) - noodlecookie on April 12th, 2012 03:49 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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(no subject) - noodlecookie on April 12th, 2012 07:14 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - roger_this on April 12th, 2012 07:39 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - noodlecookie on April 12th, 2012 09:19 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Meereecheonsa on April 12th, 2012 02:08 pm (UTC)
*sigh* Wth is going on.
Able, but Idle: kennykemlyn on April 12th, 2012 03:04 pm (UTC)
Dan Roan ‏ @danroan
I can confirm that Liverpool's Head of Sports Medicine & Science Peter Brukner has also left the club - he was a Purslow appointment

Ben Smith ‏ @BenSmithBBC
Peter Brukner, head of sports medicine/ science, leaves #LFC. He will almost certainly not be the last to go today.

The fuck? Why start an overhaul now?
xue: kennyrapsukha4 on April 12th, 2012 03:06 pm (UTC)
wow I wonder how many are left

The timing is just bizarre.
(no subject) - noodlecookie on April 12th, 2012 03:07 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - sonrisa_82 on April 12th, 2012 03:24 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - robinsparkle on April 12th, 2012 03:25 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - stars2small2use on April 12th, 2012 03:31 pm (UTC) (Expand)
xue: kennyrapsukha4 on April 12th, 2012 03:08 pm (UTC)
A list of all staff right now. Wonder who is next to get the sack.

Kenny Dalglish Manager
Steve Clarke First-team Coach
Kevin Keen First-team Coach
John Achterberg First-team Goalkeeping Coach
Peter Brukner Head of Sports Medicine and Sports Science
Zaf Iqbal First Team Doctor
Darren Burgess Head of Fitness and Conditioning
Phil Coles Head of Physical Therapies
Rob Price Senior Physiotherapist
Andrew Nealon Senior Physiotherapist
Chris Morgan Physiotherapist
Jordan Milsom Rehab Fitness Coach
Paul Small Masseur
Sylvan Richardson Masseur
Lee Radcliffe Kit Management Co-ordinator
Graham Carter Kit Man/Co-ordinator
Barry Drust Sports Science Consultant
James Morton Consultant Nutritionist
Andy Scoulding Head of Technical Analysis
Alec Scott Match Analysis Assistant
James Malone Sports Science Graduate
David Rydings Strength & Rehabilitation assistant
Paulo Barreira Physiotherapist
noodlecookie: miranda 1noodlecookie on April 12th, 2012 03:11 pm (UTC)
Oh shit. Gird your loins, Liverpool!!

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Able, but Idle: kennykemlyn on April 12th, 2012 03:22 pm (UTC)
Werner interview http://www.liverpoolfc.tv/news/latest-news/werner-on-comolli-kenny-and-semi
Can't be bothered posting it because it's too long.
noodlecookienoodlecookie on April 12th, 2012 03:23 pm (UTC)
Yes I was just reading that as well.

This bit sounds like 'oh shit':

Frankly, we make these decisions with a great deal of care because it's our track record in Boston to give people authority and we've had great success with our manager, who was there for eight years, and our general manager, so we prefer stability. But when it's time to act, we need to act.

But this bit doesn't:

Does Damien Comolli's departure have any impact upon Kenny Dalglish's position as manager?

Absolutely not. We've got great confidence in Kenny. We feel the team is going to make strides in the future and he enjoys our full support.
(no subject) - sukha4 on April 12th, 2012 03:26 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - kemlyn on April 12th, 2012 03:31 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - sukha4 on April 12th, 2012 03:41 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Zilchrobinsparkle on April 12th, 2012 03:26 pm (UTC)
I feel like it's a good thing FSG wont take a bullshit season like this one. If we are to believe that he was fired, of course.
noodlecookienoodlecookie on April 12th, 2012 03:29 pm (UTC)
I've got mixed feelings about this. I agree with you that it's good that when you kick up a stink you get shit done, but on the other hand I'm hoping that doing this during THIS WEEK of all weeks is not going to have a bad effect!
(no subject) - robinsparkle on April 12th, 2012 03:32 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - kemlyn on April 12th, 2012 03:39 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - noodlecookie on April 12th, 2012 03:42 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - robinsparkle on April 12th, 2012 07:04 pm (UTC) (Expand)
xue: kennyrapsukha4 on April 12th, 2012 03:31 pm (UTC)
noodlecookienoodlecookie on April 12th, 2012 03:32 pm (UTC)
LOL yes I was thinking about this meme when reading the .teevee forums XD
noodlecookie: miranda 1noodlecookie on April 12th, 2012 03:37 pm (UTC)
Aaaaand our appeal against Doni's red card has been rejected.

It's not Sky Sports News anymore, it's Sky Liverpool News. Aintree's on, Comolli's off, Brukner's gone, cricket's on.
Zilchrobinsparkle on April 12th, 2012 03:41 pm (UTC)
We tried to appeal Doni's card? I mean, looked like a clear red card to me :/ even if it was an accident
(no subject) - noodlecookie on April 12th, 2012 03:43 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - sukha4 on April 12th, 2012 03:44 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - robinsparkle on April 12th, 2012 07:05 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - ekoorbify on April 12th, 2012 05:38 pm (UTC) (Expand)
noodlecookienoodlecookie on April 12th, 2012 03:53 pm (UTC)
@stephen1martin: Kenny is keeping his position but Ayre will have his role changed. Academy being assessed now.
xue: kennyrapsukha4 on April 12th, 2012 03:58 pm (UTC)
Stephen Martin ‏ @stephen1martin Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
Kenny is keeping his position but Ayre will have his role changed. Academy being assessed now.

Oh god, why academy? We're doing great now.
sonrisa_82sonrisa_82 on April 12th, 2012 04:08 pm (UTC)
i thought our academy was pretty much the most consistently good thing about the club. didnt guardiola say i was the best one after barcelona? hopefully it wont be too drastic..
(no subject) - kemlyn on April 12th, 2012 04:21 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - sillywonka on April 12th, 2012 04:22 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - robinsparkle on April 12th, 2012 07:07 pm (UTC) (Expand)
noodlecookienoodlecookie on April 12th, 2012 04:59 pm (UTC)
Strike three:


Richard Buxton ‏ @Richard_Buxton_
Latest #LFC casualty, according to @JParkins10, is goalkeeping coach John Achterberg. Unconfirmed but suspect some fans may welcome that one
xue: kennyrapsukha4 on April 12th, 2012 05:06 pm (UTC)
Is that all?

Kenny Dalglish Manager
Steve Clarke First-team Coach
Kevin Keen First-team Coach
John Achterberg First-team Goalkeeping Coach
Peter Brukner Head of Sports Medicine and Sports Science
Zaf Iqbal First Team Doctor
Darren Burgess Head of Fitness and Conditioning
Phil Coles Head of Physical Therapies
Rob Price Senior Physiotherapist
Andrew Nealon Senior Physiotherapist
Chris Morgan Physiotherapist
Jordan Milsom Rehab Fitness Coach
Paul Small Masseur
Sylvan Richardson Masseur
Lee Radcliffe Kit Management Co-ordinator
Graham Carter Kit Man/Co-ordinator
Barry Drust Sports Science Consultant
James Morton Consultant Nutritionist
Andy Scoulding Head of Technical Analysis
Alec Scott Match Analysis Assistant
James Malone Sports Science Graduate
David Rydings Strength & Rehabilitation assistant
Paulo Barreira Physiotherapist


I do think we need a better GK coach. Pepe's form hasn't been great ever since the last one left with Rafa.
(no subject) - noodlecookie on April 12th, 2012 05:09 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - sukha4 on April 12th, 2012 05:14 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - noodlecookie on April 12th, 2012 05:26 pm (UTC) (Expand)
xue: kennyrapsukha4 on April 12th, 2012 05:26 pm (UTC)
THE ANFIELD WRAP ‏ @TheAnfieldWrap Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
We're also hearing that Natalie Wignall, the in-house lawyer, has also left the club.
noodlecookienoodlecookie on April 12th, 2012 05:27 pm (UTC)
Jeeeeeeeesus.
(no subject) - sukha4 on April 12th, 2012 05:30 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - noodlecookie on April 12th, 2012 05:31 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - withmyfriendira on April 12th, 2012 05:35 pm (UTC) (Expand)
xue: kennyrapsukha4 on April 12th, 2012 05:31 pm (UTC)
Well it's good the owners are taking actions, they really need a CEO in Liverpool to oversee things rather than react at the end of the season.
Able, but Idle: kennykemlyn on April 12th, 2012 05:32 pm (UTC)
Fenway Sports Group and Liverpool FC confirmed today that Head of Sports Medicine and Sports Science, Dr Peter Brukner will leave the Club by the end of the season.
lfc.tv

By the end of the season, or at the end of the season?
noodlecookienoodlecookie on April 12th, 2012 05:33 pm (UTC)
No idea. Maybe they're giving him time to pack up his stuff into cardboard boxes!
(no subject) - kemlyn on April 12th, 2012 05:40 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - noodlecookie on April 12th, 2012 05:41 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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