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Furth deny Matthaus boss offer

Greuther Furth chief Helmut Hack has denied that the Bundesliga strugglers have offered Germany legend Lothar Matthaus the chance to become their new manager.

Hack told Bild: "I was on the phone with Lothar Matthaus. It was a non-binding call. We discussed football, but not an offer made by us."

Furth are bottom of the table and face an important match against Hoffenheim this weekend. Preparations were overshadowed as Matthaus, 51, said he had been contacted by officials despite earlier denials from Hack.

The newly-promoted club sacked coach Mike Buskens in mid-February, with caretaker boss Ludwig Preis earning two draws from his spell in charge so far.

But Preis does not have a coaching licence and German Football Association (DFB) rules mean he will have to vacate the hotseat after the Hoffenheim game.

Hack has repeatedly refused to say who might be in the frame for the job, but rubbished rumours that Matthaus could be on his way.

World Cup-winner Matthaus had said: "The chief contacted me through a middleman and we chatted for an hour. We had a harmonious talk, but no deal was made.

"Those talks should have been kept secret. Furth have indeed said I am not on their list. But you have to stick to the truth."

Despite being one of the all-time German football greats, Matthaus has never coached a Bundesliga side.

Some pundits believe his frankness could count against him, and Nurnberger Zeitung commented: "That the Franconian chatterbox keeps secrets like a chain smoker stays away from a pack of cigarettes should have been no news to Hack."

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