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Coach Preki providing positive influence at Toronto FC

New Toronto FC coach Preki Radosavljevi? has provided a positive influence since he took over the role from Chris Cummins.

The former Chivas USA mentor has come into the club and pushed a philosophy of hard work in the early days of pre-season but he admits that should be the way at all clubs.

"It's got to be a normal thing in the future," Preki said. "We don't want everyone to work one day and take two days off. We want to be working hard every day and then everyone's accountable and we'll be fine."

Toronto players believe the new coach has bought some quality attributes to the club and are excited about having him lead the Reds into a new era.

"Preki has come in from day one and laid down a good foundation of accountability, discipline, camaraderie, and a good locker room so we're off to a good start," said defender Nick Garcia. "He had something special there with Chivas, [where he] probably didn't have the best of squads but he got the results. So I know Preki will get 110 percent out of everyone every day."

Star midfielder Julian de Guzman echoed Garcia's sentiments but added that the club as a whole were now looking to make big strides forward.

"(Preki) made it crystal clear that he wants to bring a winning mentality to TFC," de Guzman said. "I think it's something that not just us, but the fans, management and the city deserves. The first three years that Toronto FC has been in MLS, there have been baby steps towards being a better club. Now that Preki is on our side we're looking for that jump into a playoff spot."

Andrew Slevison
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