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Last Updated: Thursday, 8 September 2005, 07:41 GMT 08:41 UK
Comolli replaces Arnesen at Spurs
Tottenham have appointed former Arsenal scout Damien Comolli as their new sporting director.

Comolli, 33, was previously technical director at St Etienne and replaces Frank Arnesen who has moved to Chelsea.

The Frenchman told Tottenham's website he was "excited" to join Spurs, adding: "The club has an ambitious board and a first-class coaching team."

Spurs head coach Martin Jol said: "Damien has excellent scouting networks in Europe and around the world."

Comolli in focus
Worked under Arsene Wenger at Monaco and Grampus Eight
Brought Kolo Toure and Jeremie Aliadiere to Arsenal
Played a role in Arsenal signing Thierry Henry, Robert Pires and Robin van Persie
After seven seasons as Arsenal's European scout became technical director at St Etienne last season

Comolli spent seven seasons with Arsenal as a European scout.

And Jol added: "There are so many aspects at a football club which support the playing side and it is important to have someone to focus on these at the club.

"He is highly rated in his field and I am delighted that he has chosen to come to us.

"I am looking forward to working with him and have told him that it is a great time to be joining this club."

As sporting director at Tottenham, Comolli will take responsibility for the medical, academy, scouting and club secretarial departments.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy said Comolli had an impressive track record of scouting and signing quality players.

"I believe he will be a huge asset to the club with his forward thinking approach to international networking and partnerships," he said.

"His achievements at St Etienne show that he is also ideally suited to bring best practice to our training facilities, academy and medical divisions."

Comolli added: "The challenge for me is to assist the club to play football at the highest level and to continuously seek to improve everything we do.

"I feel there is much that can be achieved and I am excited to be here."


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