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TFC to hire Klinsmann as consultant: report

It looks as though Toronto FC will turn to Juergen Klinsmann to help them address their growing list of problems.

It looks as though Toronto FC will turn to Juergen Klinsmann to help them address their growing list of problems.

The Globe and Mail reported Friday that Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, the Major League Soccer club's owners, are negotiating a consulting role for the former German star and his California-based company Soccer Solutions.

Klinsmann will provide a critical analysis of the club's infrastructure, youth academy and scouting system, as well as help the team in its search to hire a new general manager. An announcement is expected early next week, according to the Globe report.

Earlier this week MLSE chief operating officer Tom Anselmi told reporters that the organization was negotiating with a consultant group to help the team find a new general manager, as well as take a look at MLSE's soccer operation in order to "take it to the next level."

Toronto FC is mired in crisis, having missed the playoffs this year for a fourth consecutive season. As a result, several of the Reds' supporter groups, including the U-Sector and Red Patch Boys, staged protests over the club's poor play on the field and a proposed hike in the prices for next year's season ticket packages.

TFC have also been without a full-time general manager and coach since Sept. 14 when Mo Johnston and Preki were fired. Earl Cochrane has served as interim GM, while Nick Dasovic has filled the void left by Preki.

One of top strikers in 1980s

The Globe report stated that Klinsmann will not take on the role of general manager or coach himself, but will be asked to make a recommendation as to Johnston's replacement.

That MLSE is looking to Klinsmann, 46, for help hardly comes as a surprise considering the German's reputation.

Klinsmann was one of the top strikers in world soccer during the 1980s, playing for a handful of marquee clubs, including Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, Tottenham and AS Monaco.

He was a standout for his country's national team, helping Germany win the 1990 World Cup in Italy and the 1996 European Championship in England. He served as team captain from 1995 to his retirement in 1998, and scored 47 goals in 108 appearances for Germany.

Klinsmann also coached the German national team from 2004 to 2006, and guided his country to a third-place finish at the World Cup four years ago. After stepping down, he took some time off before resurfacing as coach of Bayern Munich in 2008, but success didn't follow, and he was fired the following year