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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Jul 3, 2006

Pekerman reiterates intention to quit Argentina

Jose Pekerman has reiterated his desire to quit as Argentina coach after admitting he had 'failed' in his bid to mastermind World Cup success.

The 56-year-old announced his decision to step down in the aftermath of the South American side's quarter-final exit at the hands of hosts Germany last Friday but the Argentinian Football Federation (AFA) have yet to accept his resignation.

However, Pekerman, whose squad were greeted by more than 3,000 fans at Ezeiza International Airport on their return to Buenos Aires on Sunday, insists he still intends to relinquish his post after less than two years in charge.

'We haven't achieved the goal and this spell is over,' declared Pekerman.

'I feel this is over because we'd said we would play seven games and we didn't. I feel I've failed.

'We were 10 minutes away from clinching the goal and, as we didn't, it's over.'

AFA president Julio Grondona was left reeling with the manner Pekerman announced his intention to leave without discussing it first.

Pekerman, who took over as national coach in September 2004, added: 'I haven't talked to him [Grondona], but if he is annoyed, he's right, because the truth is that I didn't talk to him before.

'I think that was a mistake and I told him that when I went back to the dressing rooms.'

Argentina were unbeaten as they topped Group C to ease into the knockout stages in Germany with a classy 6-0 demolition of Serbia and Montenegro the pick of the performances.

An extra-time win over Mexico followed in the last 16 before suffering penalty shoot-out heartache against Jurgen Klinsmann's men in Berlin.

Pekerman recalled: 'The team were stronger mentally and physically. But without a victory, it's useless and that's why this is a failure.'

'But I'm totally satisfied because this team, even without achieving their goal, gave hope back to people.

'We needed a message like the one the players gave to people.'

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