Gilberto Silva leaves as Panathinaikos sporting director after seven months

Gilberto Silva has left his role as Panathinaikos sporting director by mutual consent, the Greek club have announced.

The former Brazil midfielder, a key member of the 2002 World Cup-winning side, was in the post for only seven months following his appointment in mid-May.

The 40-year-old spent the last three seasons of his playing career at Panathinaikos following a six-season spell with Arsenal that ended in July 2008.

A statement from the Greek club read: "Panathinaikos FC and Gilberto Silva have come to an agreement to terminate their contract by mutual consent. During his time as sporting director he honoured the club by representing it.

"We say farewell to one of the greatest men of football to have ever been associated with our club. His status and the longevity of his relationship with Panathinaikos make him a permanent part of our history and this will never change.

"We wish Gilberto every success to his future endeavours, whatever they may be."