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Toronto FC removes Preki and Johnston
The Globe and Mail, September 14th, 2010 12:33PM

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Toronto FC is removing from their positions director of soccer Mo Johnston and head coach Preki. Johnston, who has been with the club since its inaugural 2007 season, hired Preki for this season in hopes that his former teammate (with the Kansas City Wizards 1996-2000 and Everton 1992-93) would guide Toronto to the playoffs for the first time.

But recent performances pointed to another season of failure and team owner Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment has decided enough is enough.

The former Scottish international Johnston coached the team himself in 2007 before moving upstairs to run the entire operation, but results have not been forthcoming. Preki, in his only other head-coaching stint, took Chivas USA to the playoffs in each of his three years in charge. Despite an emphasis on hard work and physical fitness, he was unable to replicate that kind of success in Canada with one of MLS's best-supported franchises.

Toronto FC posted a record of 32-50-31 in MLS play in Johnston’s four years at the helm. Preki ends his TFC tenure with a 7-9-7 record in MLS play, with the team currently third in the Eastern Conference, but ninth overall and sitting five points out of a playoff position. The final straw was Saturday's 1-0 home loss to D.C. United - the league's worst team.

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