“He degraded the image of the national team . Although I personally was not given the resignation, I know what he needs to do, Igor is no longer the coach,”, said Croatian FA President Davor Šuker at Zagreb Airport on Wednesday morning.
“I would like to finish the job. If I stay I will talk individually with every player and make some radical decisions so that we are right for the play-offs. Significant changes are necessary in order for this to be turned in the right direction,” said Štimac after last night’s debacle, which was reported by daily Jutarnji list.
Tuesday night’s loss meant that Štimac now holds the worst record of any manager in the country’s history. Štimac only collected 17 out of a possible 30 points in the World Cup qualifying campaign, with 5 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses. Štimac, who started his reign in charge of Croatia with a disappointing 2-4 loss at home to Switzerland, now finishes his stint with a loss. The word on the street is that Štimac’s former team mate Niko Kovač will be asked to take over. Kovač is currently in charge of the Croatia U-21 side.