Former Real Madrid president Lorenzo Sanz says the Primera Division club proved too big for outgoing boss Jose Mourinho to handle.
Current Madrid chief Florentino Perez announced on Monday that Mourinho was leaving "by mutual consent" at the end of the current season, suggesting the pressure of managing "the biggest club in the world" had lead both men to reach this conclusion together.
Sanz, who was president at the Bernabeu between 1995 and 2000, told Radio Marca that Mourinho had simply not been able to deal with the size of the task.
"Mourinho was not up to the job," Sanz said. "I sincerely believe that Madrid was too big for him."
The 'Special One' now looks set to leave La Liga for former club Chelsea, having won one La Liga title, one Copa del Rey and one Spanish Supercopa in three seasons at the Bernabeu, but without delivering the elusive Decima - Madrid's tenth European Cup.
Sanz said this record was an average one for a club with the size and ambition of Madrid.
"He will go into history as just one more Real Madrid coach," he said. "I do not believe he will be seen as among the best or the worst."
Sanz was in charge as Madrid lifted their first European Cup in 32 years in 1998 [la septima] and won the trophy again two years later [la octiva]. He has, however, been dogged by legal problems in recent years and said he had no intention of challenging incumbent Florentino Perez in June's presidential elections.
"Running in the elections does not appeal to me at all," he said. "I like to be relaxed, watching and discussing what is the best thing to do."
However the businessman said that were he in charge he would not sanction moves for either Neymar or Gareth Bale at the prices currently being bandied about in the Spanish media [thought to be vailued at €80 million and €60 million respectively]
"For the prices that are being talked about I would sign neither Neymar nor Bale," Sanz said. "Football is sentiment and the president who does not know that is mistaken."