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Ex-West Ham defender Stimac: I offered my Croatia resignation

Igor Stimac has revealed that he has offered his resignation from his role as Croatia national team manager.

The 46-year old former Hajduk Split, West Ham United and Derby County defender has seen his side lose three and draw one of their past four World Cup qualifiers to be forced into the playoffs for the 2014 tournament in Brazil and he suggests it could be time for a change.

Following Tuesday night's 2-0 loss to Scotland, Stimac said: "It is a bad defeat. I offered my mandate (resignation) to the president of the Croatian football federation because of the latest results of our team, because everything that surrounds us.

"Never mind that we qualified for the playoffs, I want to show some morale, certain responsibility and if there is anyone in the federation that does not believe in my work I want to give them the chance to change.

"They will have a meeting to discuss it."

Stimac added: "It is all about the positiveness surrounding the football in our country.

"It seems we are not happy in Croatia to qualify for the playoffs."

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