Matthaus holds little hope of coaching in Germany

07 November 2011 06:47

Germany's former World Cup-winning captain Lothar Matthaus said on Monday that he does not expect to ever coach in his native country.

The 1990 world champion, who was sacked as coach of the Bulgarian national team in September, told the Cologne regional daily Express: "I know I've only a five percent chance of obtaining a post in Germany.

"My private life is too intertwined with the German sporting scene," the 50-year-old said, adding: "People still identify me too closely with Bayern. It evokes jealousy and from this point of view, you can say that Bayern didn't do me any favours. There's a 95 percent chance that my next post will be abroad."

Matthaus' private life was splashed all over newspapers in Germany last year following revelations that his 22-year-old fourth wife Liliana openly cheated on him when she was photographed kissing another man on a yacht in Sardinia.

The former Bayern Munich and Inter Milan player was appointed Bulgaria coach in September 2010 but they failed to qualify for Euro 2012.

Matthaus had expressed disappointment at the efforts of the Bulgarian footballers, their lack of discipline and desire to win.

The 1990 Ballon d'Or winner has also coached Rapid Vienna, Partizan Belgrade and the Hungarian national side.

Source: AFP