Susic's future as Bosnia-Herzegovina boss to be decided in 10 days

The former Paris Saint-Germain playermaker has been heavily criticised for his side's failure to make it out of the World Cup 2014 group stages

By Mark Doyle in Salvador

Safet Susic
 has revealed his future as Bosnia-Herzegovina coach will be decided "in the next 10 days or so".

The former Paris Saint-Germain star has come under attack for his side's early World Cup elimination, with the tournament debutant's hopes of reaching the last 16 having been ended by back-to-back defeats, to Argentina and Nigeria.

There have been reports the Bosnian Football Association (N/FSBiH) have already decided against renewing Susic's contract, but the 59-year-old insisted ahead of Wednesday's Group F fixture against Iran that nothing has been finalised yet.

"As far as my future is concerned, it is not really meaningful to give you an answer before tomorrow's match but in the next 10 days or so, my future will become known to everyone," Susic told reporters in Salvador on Tuesday.

"It would be very hard to me to let this side go. We've achieved something that was unprecedented in terms of our football. What the players and the coaching staff have done will be written in history. 

"It is going to be difficult for me to bid farewell but that day will come, sooner or later.

"But this is not the right moment to discuss this."

Susic also argued the criticism he and his players have received has been wholly unjustified, particularly in light of the fact that Bosnia-Herzegovina were denied a legitimate goal in their 1-0 loss to Nigeria by a linesman's flag.

"We've disappointed some people so, if needs be, I'd like to apologise. But this is our debut," he added.

"But had we had a bit more luck, had the referees taken some more logical decisions [against Nigeria], then we could have played tomorrow's game [against Iran] as a decider to go into the last 16.

"We also played a good game against Argentina. We were their equals and they are a world-class side. 

"In the second game [against Nigeria], we created chances, they created chances, we saw our good goal [by Edin Dzeko] disallowed by the referee. 

"If we get a good result out of [Wednesday's] game, I do not see any reason why we will be received badly when we return to Sarajevo. 

"People should not forget that this is a generation that made a debut at a World Cup."

Susic believes Fifa, who have embraced goal-line technology at World Cup 2014, now need to look at dealing with close offside calls and contentious penalty appeals in the same fashion.

"Some things will have to be changed, maybe like in tennis or basketball or American football," he suggested.

"If there is an obvious mistake, maybe video could be reviewed, or challenges made by the coach. 

"It's a shame to lose a game on a goal that should have stood. 

"For instance, Croatia had a penalty against them in the first match with Brazil, while Mexico also had offsides and penalties go against them. 

"It would have been such a shame for Mexico not to have gone through. Of all the teams we've seen at the World Cup, they have impressed us most. 

"And as we beat them in a friendly, it makes us wonder what we've done wrong.

"But with respect to my decisions concerning the team, I have no regrets. We practically started with the same team that played very well in our warm-up games. We beat both Mexico and Cote d'Ivoire.

"With hindsight, if we get a result against Iran, people will come to realise that if we'd had more luck, if we'd had fairer refereeing decisions, this team could have progressed to the last 16. 

"Because if we'd had our goal allowed against Nigeria, we would have still been able to progress."