MADRID: Real Madrid have sacked Jorge Valdano as their director general, a move that will help José Mourinho in his bid to gain more influence over the running of the club.

President Florentino Perez confirmed it on Wednesday, in a victory for coach Jose Mourinho in his bid for more influence at the La Liga club.

"We have decided to end the contractual relationship with Jorge Valdano," construction magnate Perez said at a hastily-convened news conference at Real's Bernabeu stadium following a meeting of the club's board of directors.

"The experience of this season has shown the need for a new organisational structure giving authority to the coach and avoiding dysfunctions with the directorate general," he added.

"I do not want to hide the pain I feel at the exit of Jorge Valdano, but my feelings cannot be a reason for not taking the necessary decisions.

"There were two people filling a sporting role between whom there was no understanding. Ignoring the evidence is not practical for anyone."

Perez's decision to dump Valdano and back Mourinho, a proven winner in Portugal, England and Italy, is borne of his desperation to put Real back at the top of club soccer and his obsession with winning a 10th European crown.

Valdano's position had been in doubt after his relationship with Mourinho deteriorated following the Portuguese coach's arrival from Inter Milan at the end of last season.

Used to wielding more power in previous managerial stints, Mourinho was reportedly also harbouring a grudge over a newspaper column Valdano wrote several years ago criticising his tactics as manager of English Premier League club Chelsea.

The pair clashed at the end of last year after Valdano questioned Mourinho's request for another striker to be brought in as cover for the injured Gonzalo Higuain.

(Agencies)