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Comolli named sporting director of St. Etienne

November 9, 2008

Damien Comolli has been named as sporting director at Ligue 1 side St Etienne, the French club's president has announced.

The former Tottenham sporting director, who performed the same role for Les Verts between 2004 and 2005, will take over from Omar Da Fonseca with immediate effect following the club's run of five straight defeats.

St Etienne president Bernard Caiazzo told the club's official website, www.asse.fr: ``Our decision is to put in place a strong management team in charge of sporting matters with a true patron at the helm, and that will be Damien Comolli.

``He will occupy a role equivalent to that which he had at Tottenham. This heavyweight reinforcement will help us to recover from our slump.''

One of Comolli's first tasks in his new role will be to make a decision on the future of coach Laurent Roussey.

Caiazzo added: ``The future of the coach is not yet decided. We'll have a meeting on Monday with Damien Comolli, Roland Romeyer, Vincent Tong-Cuong and me.

``Anything could happen. But what cannot happen is that we continue to lose. We're suffering. Our supporters are suffering. Nine defeats in 13 matches is not something we can tolerate.''

Comolli, 36, was sporting director at White Hart Lane from September 2005 until last month when he was sacked by the club, along with coach Juande Ramos, following their poor start to the season.

Prior to his spell with Spurs and St Etienne, he worked with Arsene Wenger as a scout for Arsenal from 1996 until 2004.