Slaven Bilic has announced that he will step down as the coach of Croatia when their World Cup qualifying games are over in November this year.
His announcement could put a number of Premier League clubs on alert as the former West Ham and Everton player has been linked with a move to England for some time.
The 40 year old, who’s paid in the tens of thousand of pounds compared to the mega deals of most top flight English coaches, engineered Croatia’s qualification to Euro 2008 at the expense of England who they beat in Zagreb then again at Wembley.
However, with Fabio Capello at the helm, England put a dent in Croatia’s 2010 World Cup hopes with a convincing 4 – 1 away win in September last year. They currently trail England by 5 points in Group 6.
Bilic told the Sportske Novosti newspaper:
I will stay at the helm until the end of this qualifying campaign but not a second more. Four years is enough.