Soccer-Pekerman quits Toluca for family reasons

MEXICO CITY, May 29 (Reuters) - Former Argentina coach Jose Pekerman has quit Mexico’s Toluca after one season for family reasons, the club said Thursday.

“Although Toluca’s intention was to keep Pekerman as coach and the negotiations to renew his contract were on the right path, Pekerman said that a family matter prevented him from continuing and the club respects his decision,” Toluca said in a statement.

Pekerman, who led Argentina to the quarter-finals at the 2006 World Cup before they lost to hosts Germany on penalties, had never coached a senior club side before Toluca.

Before taking over as Argentina coach in 2004, Pekerman, who once worked as a taxi driver until his coaching career took off, made his name through his work with the Argentina under-20 team.

Pekerman led Toluca to the quarter-finals of both the Apertura and Clausura championships in the 2007/08 season.

At one stage, he was named as a possible replacement for sacked Mexico coach Hugo Sanchez but has since been overlooked.

Editing by Greg Stutchbury