Relationship Between Fenerbahce Manager Ersun Yanal & Damien Comolli Blossoms Amid Rumours Of ‘Cold War’

Fenerbahce's Turkish coach Ersun Yanal gestures during the Turkish Super league football match between Fenerbahce and Galatasaray on April 14, 2019 at the Fenerbahce stadium in Istanbul. (Photo by OZAN KOSE / AFP) (Photo credit should read OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)

Fenerbahce manager Ersun Yanal and Damien Comolli enjoy a great relationship despite rumors in the Turkish press claiming there has been a rift between the two.

There is supposedly a ‘cold war’ between Comolli and Yanal according to sections of the media.

The Fenerbahce officials are reported to have had a difference of opinion over transfers.

A source close to the club has however, revealed to Turkish-Football that Yanal and Comolli actually do get on and have been working closely together.

In fact, Yanal invited Comolli on a boat trip with him as part of his brief holiday before returning to pre-season planning.

Comolli and Yanal have been working closely together to rebuild the squad and plan for the summer.

The former Tottenham and Liverpool sporting director remains Fenerbahce sporting director has the backing of Fenerbahce the leadership and remains in charge of all football decisions, recruitment, the academy and training grounds.

Comolli brought in former Crystal Palace Head of First Team Recruitment Analyst Beri Pardo as Head of Performance Analysis.

Data analysis plays an important role in Comolli’s player recruitment policy as was also the case at Tottenham and Liverpool.

Miha Zajc and Sadik Ciftpinar were the first players signed using what we can call the Comolli method.

Both were initially identified by scouts and targetted following detailed data analysis.

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Comolli and his technical team presented Yanal with their findings. And then the board was approached before the decision was taken to push ahead with the transfer.

Negotiations were led by Comolli and his transfer team in contrast to talks usually being conducted through intermediaries.

Both Comolli and Yanal will be staying on in their current positions over the summer.