Preki Steps Down As Sacramento Coach, Leicester City Move Rumored

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Sacramento Republic FC head coach Predrag Radosavljevic, better known by the nickname Preki, is stepping down from his position and rumored to be taking on the role of manager at the English Premier League side Leicester City.

The 52 year old MLS legend and current Republic head coach has been with Sacramento since their first season in 2014, leading them to a USL Championship during that inaugural season.

Cheltenham Town manager Paul Buckle is set to replace Preki on July 12th.

“The Republic has been one of the best experiences in my entire career,” said Preki during a team press conference. “Our players have worked harder than any I know. The fans, city and soccer community opened their hearts to the club as well as to me. The opportunity ahead is a lifetime dream for me and a chance to challenge myself at the highest level of the game.”

The news of Preki’s move is a shock as many considered former Celtic boss and current Bolton Wanderers gaffer Neil Lennon to be the successor to Nigel Pearson. If true, such a move would see Preki go from coaching in the 3rd division of US Soccer to the 1st division of English football¬†— an unheard of achievement, although not surprising considering Preki’s storied career.

Preki’s career was certainly the path least traveled as he played over 300 games in the Major Indoor Soccer League and Continental Indoor Soccer League. From there he would travel Europe with teams like Everton and Portsmouth before landing on the Kansas City Wizards in their inaugural season. For the most part, Preki played predominantly with Kansas City, scoring 71 goals in 218 games.

His management career began in 2006 as an assistant with Chivas USA before taking over the head coaching job in 2007. In 107 games Preki was able to finish with an over .500 record at 41-36-30. Leaving Chivas USA in 2009, Preki sported a record of 11-11-10 at Toronto FC. Despite a roster overhaul that season, the results didn’t follow and Preki was let go before the end of his first season with the team.