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Oct, 10, 2012

Matthaus blames fans for lack of job

Former Germany captain Lothar Matthaus believes that fans opposed to his connections with Bayern Munich are responsible for him not landing a managerial position in the Bundesliga.

Matthaus is a legend in German football, having picked up a record 150 caps for his country as well as captaining them to the 1990 World Cup.

Since retiring he has coached in an array of places overseas such as Serbia, Brazil, Israel and Hungary with mixed success.

However, despite a trophy-laden playing career in his homeland, where he played for Borussia Monchengladbach and Bayern Munich, he has yet to gain a coaching job there.

Matthaus rejects the notion that a lack of interest in him as a manager is down to his image or his ability, but instead puts it down to opposing fans blocking potential moves, due to his history with Bayern.

"It's not about that," Matthaus writes in new autobiography Go Big or Go Home. "I had options. First league, second league, offers, interesting talks, but it never worked out.

"In Nurnberg and Frankfurt the fans were against me only because I am a former Bayern player. Despite many changes on coaching postions, there has never been the right situation for me. Take a look at Cologne. In Cologne they look for three coaches a year."

In his book, Matthaus also lifts the lid on his time in the Germany squad playing under Franz Beckenbauer.

"We visited discos, currywurst stores, and a clean brothel close to the Olympiastadion, basically every good place in west Berlin," he writes.

However, Matthaus claims that the Germany manager was not angry because of where they went, but rather he "considered it a no-go to go there in the national team suit".

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