Along with Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish, Comolli was responsible for wasting tens of millions of pounds on dud players, and he's barely achieved his brief of bringing real quality to Anfield.
With Liverpool languishing in 8th place in the premier league, it's clear that the Dalglish-Comolli partnership has been a resounding failure.
As I argued at the time, Appointing Comolli was John Henry's first mistake when he took over, and this has definitely proven to be the case.
After announcing the change, Principal Owner John Henry said:
"We are grateful for all of Damien's efforts on behalf of Liverpool and wish him all the best for the future."
Liverpool Chairman Tom Werner added:
"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 and the team and focuses on a strong finish to the season."
Damien Comolli commented:
"I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to work at Liverpool and am happy to move on from the Club and back to France for family reasons. I wish the Club all the best for the future."
Comolli's departure could be a double-edged sword for Dalglish:
* He may now be given another season to see if he can move the club forward without Comolli's interference.
* FSG may [erroneously] believe that Liverpool's poor performance is down to Comolli, which would buy Dalglish more time, or:
* They may be clearing the decks for a new manager. Many top-class managers prefer not to work with a Director of Football, so if a new manager has been chosen, he may have stipulated that Comolli has to go.
I never believed the Director of Football structure would work at Liverpool, especially with a defiantly old-school manager like Dalglish at the helm.
Comolli will now become Dalglish's scapegoat, and fans will inevitably blame him for the club's failings this season. However, the Frenchman had no input into training, tactics, formations, player motivation or indeed any aspect of team affairs, so blaming him for Liverpool's league failure this season would be wrong (IMO).