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Lothar Matthaeus won't become Racing Club coach

Lothar Matthaeus won't become Racing Club coach

Former Germany great Lothar Matthaeus won't become coach of Racing Club after talks broke down with the Argentine team.
Writing on his Web page Wednesday, the former Germany captain said he had not traveled to Argentina and that talks with Racing Club have been called off "due to various reasons." He gave no other details.
Racing president Rodolfo Molina said it was the club that aborted the deal.
"Matthaeus will not be the coach of Racing, because of the decision of Racing, " Molina said in an interview with the Argentine state news agency Telam. "They wanted last-minute changes, which the club did not agree with."
Racing had announced Matthaeus' hiring at the weekend in a bid to stop the team being relegated to the second division.
Racing, which won the first world club championship in 1967, is the only Argentine team to fail to win a single match so far this season. Racing has lost six games and drawn five, causing coach Ricardo Caruso to quit and leave his assistant Juan Barbas in charge.
Bild newspaper said Matthaeus had sent a text message overnight declining the offer. The newspaper quoted Juan Cobian, whom it describes as an "adviser" involved in negotiations between Matthaeus and the Argentine club.
"It was ridiculous," Bild quoted Cobian as saying. "We were all disappointed."
In several interviews with German media over the weekend, Matthaeus said he would be traveling to Argentina this week to assess the conditions. Whether he accepted the job also depended on his wife Liliana being able to pursue her own professional interests, he said.
Bild said Racing had already organized interviews with modeling agencies for Liliana and had spoken of a possible television show for his 22-year-old wife.
The 48-year-old Matthaeus played in five World Cups, led Germany to the title in 1990 and was FIFA's player of the year in 1991. He holds the German record with 150 national team appearances.
As coach, Matthaeus worked at Rapid Vienna, Partizan Belgrade, the Hungarian national team, Atletico Paranaense in Brazil, Red Bull Salzburg and Maccabi Netanya in Israel.


Updated : 2021-04-11 10:06 GMT+08:00