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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Mourinho handed larger role


MADRID — Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho was appointed the club's head of football operations as part of a restructuring following the firing of Jorge Valdano as director general.

Mourinho was instrumental in Valdano's departure in May after a season of run-ins with the Spaniard, favoring an English-style club structure.

The former Chelsea manager is working closely with sporting director and France great Zinedine Zidane, who has also taken on a more active role since Valdano's exit.

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