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Comolli insists his time at Spurs was a ''success''

Former Tottenham sporting director Damien Comolli insists his time at White Hart Lane was a success and believes the team's upturn in fortunes is a result of his legacy.

Comolli was sacked last month along with former head coach Juande Ramos after a disastrous start to the season which saw Spurs claim just two points from their opening eight league games, leaving them four points adrift at the bottom of the Premier League.

However, with the club winning five of their last six under new manager Harry Redknapp, Comolli believes he is at least partly responsible for the side's improvement.

He told The Sun: ''My time at Tottenham went exceptionally well. I took a lot of pleasure in what I achieved.

''I had a lot of success. I did a lot of good for the team and left a club in great shape. The current results are showing what I did for Tottenham. The team is great and young.''

Comolli, who has since joined French side St Etienne in a similar role, continued: ''I am still asking myself what happened in the end. I don't understand it.

''I advised the club to take a coach (Ramos) and it went well at first. But when he had problems the club turned on me. I am leaving a club with a lot of assets, many, many good players.''

However, former assistant Gus Poyet concedes the club made the 'right decision' to sack him and Ramos.

"Being honest and looking at the results, it was the right decision to sack Juande and me," said Poyet in The Sun. "When you change the manager after 10 games or so, you're not looking to change the style.

"What you're looking for are different results, a reaction, a change. Simple - and it happened. So full credit to Harry.

"It's not nice when you get the sack. But I'm realistic at the same time - when things aren't going well you can't hide. Those are the rules in football and you must accept them.

"We had an absolutely fantastic pre-season. But we couldn't get any points in our first couple of games so the situation changed completely - especially for the new players.

"All of a sudden 'boom' you can't get a result. I think the place got nervous. You have habits, methods and those sometimes don't work."

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