Speaking to the BBC, Lawro argued:
"I'm not really sure whether he has paid the price for Liverpool's poor form; only the football club and Kenny Dalglish can answer that.
"From the outside, Comolli was involved in all those deals involving Henderson, Downing, Carroll and Adam, and they have been, at best, average for Liverpool this year. So, yes, it may well be the case [that he's paying the price for LFC's poor form]"
Soon after the Comolli announcement, Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish admitted that he was responsible for all transfers over the last 18 months:
"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".
I don't think Comolli was sacked because of LFC's poor performance on the field; Dalglish was/is responsible for choosing/training/motivating/preparing the players, so the buck obviously stops with him. In what way can Comolli credibly be blamed for the worst league run in 60 years?
Liverpool grossly overpaid for some average players during Comolli's tenure but it's not as if he acted alone; FSG presumably have to sign off on transfers, and they have a choice whether to sanction such huge fees.
It's possible that Dalglish just couldn't work effectively with a Director of Football, and if that were the case, I wouldn't blame him. Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger wouldn't tolerate it, and I'm sure Rafa Benitez would've raised hell at the mere mention of the idea (!).
I personally believe, however, that the opposite may be true - Dalglish and Comolli probably had a great working relationship, and in their infinite delusion, they possibly believed they'd done a fantastic job in the transfer market (!) Indeed, their public statements on the issue would seem to back this up.
For example, Dalglish recently offered the following preposterous assessment of his summer signings:
"These players have done fantastically well and if anyone is going to come in they will have to be a hell of a player to do better than what this group has done. These boys are in pole position and they are sitting there comfortable; not one of them can be disappointed with what they have contributed this season"
Comolli echoed Dalglish's view with his similarly dubious assessment::
"I would really struggle to say we need something because I think we have such a complete squad at the moment"
If Roy Hodgson had made statements like these about his signings, there would've been blood on the streets.
Thankfully, FSG ignored these absurd delusions and saw the alarming reality that most fans (of sound mind) accept, specifically the abject failure of Dalglish and Comolli to implement a successful transfer strategy.
The irony here is that it took outsiders with no real knowledge of English football to see through the propaganda being peddled by two vastly experienced football men.
Tom Werner's statement on the Comolli issue was also very interesting. He 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 and the team and focuses on a strong finish to the season."
He makes a point of urging everyone to 'support the manager', which suggests that he's aware that Fans are dissatisfied with Dalglish's performance this season. Additionally, Werner's reference to a 'strong finish' to the season seems to be an implicit warning to Dalglish himself: finish the season strongly our you're next on the chopping block.
Last week, I posted an article showing how John Henry can be ruthless with failing managers:
Red Sox Collapse: Why Dalglish could soon be sacked by FSG
Today's events just reinforce my belief that Dalglish will be gone sooner rather than later.