After our beloved Rekordnationalspieler has once again raised his head to wail about perceived disrespect, a lament that was given wide coverage by the grateful German media (http://www.goal.com/en/news/15/germ...were-disrespectful-to-me-says-lothar-matthaus), it is time to ask this question: Is this man a football expert with merely awfuly pr counsel who has by now become a victim of the image created of him in the media or is he indeed no more than a completely delusional megalomaniac and an utter buffoon to boot? Personally I tend to think it is the latter! First of all he does have the worst pr counseling I have ever seen. Is there no one to tell him that in this business competence and seriousness go hand in hand. To tell him that sometimes it is just better not to comment. All he ever does is drone on about his achievements as a player and vociferously demand respect for said achievements. When he isn't doing it outright, he tries it underhandedly. Like in his open letter to Maradonna, published shortly before WC 2010, where he gave some patronizing advice to his former adversary (http://www.tz-online.de/ereignisse/...ener-brief-meinen-freund-diego-tz-824675.html), but no line stood out more than his Maradonna quote that he (Matthäus) was perhaps the greatest he (Maradonna) had ever played. Everyone knows that a great player does not a great coach make. Apart from some minor successes with Partizan Belgrad, none of his appointments as trainer have been successful and all of them were for small teams. His dismal last place in the EC qualifying group is perhaps only the most noticeable in a line of failures. As to his football expertise, I have yet to see him make a statement that is not about his own achievements where he actually displays any real manner of football wisdom or expertise. To me one of the standout statements made by him is the one shortly before WC2010 where he said he gave the German national team no chances of going far because they lacked the individual talent (http://www.goal.com/en/news/1863/wo...germany-lack-individual-class-lothar-matthaus). During the world cup is became quite obvious that what they lacked certainly wasn't talent but experience. This was the most talented German squad in decades. I don't understand why there are still so many people in Germany touting the line for him, believing that he is an expert who only needs a chance. If he wants a chance he should take it in proportion to his record as a trainer with a smaller third or fourth league team (second league if he is lucky), as Mario Basler has done, and work to earn his spurs there. If he wants to go on demanding respect until people take him serious and a Bundeliga club comes calling, I fear he may be in for a long wait.