Carlos Queiroz, paid the price for decisions that had been made before he arrived at theReal Madrid, according to Real midfielder Luis Figo.

“The coach did everything possible to win with what he was given by the club,” Figo told Spanish sports daily Marca on Tuesday.

Figo said Real’s failure to strengthen the defence had made Queiroz’s job nigh on impossible.

“He did everything he could and did it with the utmost professionalism and commitment,” Figo added.

Real president Florentino Perez accused Queiroz of lacking sufficient authority to manage a club of Madrid’s stature.

Queiroz responded by arguing that his dimissal had been unjustified.

“I’m disappointed with the decision that they have taken,” he told Marca.

“I believe that it was unjust, but I have to accept it.

“All I can say is that serving Real Madrid has been an honour for me and I want to wish the club all the best in the future.”