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A number of top clubs will have been put on alert by the revelation from Croatian national team trainer Slaven Bilic that he intends to step down at the end of the World Cup qualifying campaign...

Bilic has confessed that he intends to quit his post as Croatia national team trainer in November when his side finish their World Cup qualifying campaign.  

Bilic was much in demand last season after leading Croatia to the European Championships and he was linked with the West Ham post and was mentioned as a possible successor to Roy Keane at Sunderland.   

“Four years will be enough,” Bilic told Croatian daily Sportske Novosti.

“I will be coach of Croatia while the cycle of the World Cup in South Africa lasts but not a second more.

“We can still qualify and the visit of Ukraine in June will be crucial.

“Leaving Croatia will replace the Euro 2008 loss to Turkey as the saddest moment of my career but it is time to move on,” Bilic added.

Bilic took over the Croatia top job following the 2006 World Cup. His side currently occupy second spot in World Cup Qualifying Group 6, five points behind leaders England with four matches played.

Mathew Burt, Goal.com

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