Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Former Toronto FC Manager Preki Back in Soccer, This Time in Sacramento

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Former Toronto FC Manager Preki Back in Soccer, This Time in Sacramento

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Preki back in soccer, this time in Sacramento


Former Toronto FC manager Preki is back in soccer, this time in charge of the new USL Pro franchise in Sacramento.

The club, which is due to unveil its name on Thursday, is slated to start play in 2014 with the ultimate goal of becoming an MLS franchise.

"I think it's incredibly exciting," Preki said in an interview Tuesday. "Also it's incredibly challenging. But the good thing is I'm getting the job from the beginning and I'll be able to implement things I would like to be done here from the get-go."

Preki, whose full name is Predrag Radosavlijevic, and director of soccer Mo Johnston were fired by Toronto in September 2010 with the team languishing with a 7-10-7 record. Preki was given a three-year contract when he took over the team in November 2009.

Preki said he had missed managing -- "That's what I do, that's what I love." But he took his time choosing his next job, saying he had been in talks with the Sacramento ownership over the head coaching job for three to four months.

"After my last experience (in Toronto), I really wanted to make sure I ended up in a organization going in the right direction from the first moment. And that I don't make a mistake again," he said.

He was reluctant to speak about his experience in Toronto.

"I can tell you just two things. No, I was not given a proper chance and I tried to change the culture from the get-go. Obviously we had a different vision and that's why it didn't work out. And I'm sorry that it didn't work out because I think the fans in Toronto deserve a winner there. For whatever reason it didn't work out with me.

"But I don't to go into details because that's behind me and I have an incredibly exciting project in front of me and I've got to look forward."

Preki isn't the only former Toronto FC coach to find new work. Former assistant coach Bob De Klerk, who was part of the Aron Winter management team that came after Preki, has landed a role with Dutch amateur side Ter Leede. …

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