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Bilic accepts responsibility for Lokomotiv failure

20 June 2013 19:20

Slaven Bilic has taken the blame for Lokomotiv Moscow's poor league performance last season after his dismissal as manager.

Bilic left his role as Croatia boss in May 2012 to take up the reigns at the Russian Premier League side, but things did not go well for the 44-year-old as Lokomotiv finished in ninth position - their worst-ever finish.

Lokomotiv managed just 12 wins all season, leaving them 21 points behind the eventual champions CSKA Moscow, and that poor form cost Bilic his job.

The former central defender admitted he had faced many problems during his season in charge, and conceded he made too many changes that hampered the club in building any sort of momentum.

"I really overdid the changes for each new match. The funniest thing is that overall I’m not a fan of rotation," he told Russian newspaper Sport Express. "It’s like a mosaic, several things came together (to cause the problems). There’s my lack of experience of working in Russia, squad instability, injuries, bad luck and a lot else."

There were also rumours that poor morale within the squad caused issues that Bilic was not able to resolve, leading to the club's league form being affected.

And the Croat admitted he could have done more to improve the club's fortunes both on and off the pitch.

"I'm not trying to absolve myself of the responsibility. The role of the coach in that is important," he added. "Now everyone thinks it's as if the players were almost hitting each other in the gob at training, and were playing card games instead of doing exercises.

"Of course it's not like that, although I don't deny that at Lokomotiv there wasn't an ideal team where everyone is united by the same idea."

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