But Jozic's success so far is not surprising, given the wealth of experience he has attained over his long career.
He began coaching in the late 1960s after realising that his talents lay elsewhere rather than in continuing to play in the lower leagues in former Yugoslavia.
"By the age of 26, I started to feel that I had something of the coach in me," said Jozic, who was born in the Croatian town of Trijl in 1940.
Two years later, he was player-coach at the Junak club in Sinj and led them into the Yugoslavian second division.
In 1972, he got involved in the national team set-up, where he would remain for the next 17 years.
Jozic coached a variety of youth teams and in 1987 he steered Yugoslavia's Under-21s to victory in the World Cup in Chile.
It was there that he worked with future stars such as Darko Pancev, Boban, Prosinecki and Savicevic.
Jozic returned to Chile in 1989 to coach local team CSD Colo Colo to three league titles before a brief spell as national team coach.
Between 1995 and 1999, he continued to broaden his experience with jobs in Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Argentina and Portugal.
But it was not long before he was back in Croatia, this time taking on the role of director of youth development.
Then came his big chance when national team boss Blazevic resigned after a row involving his signing of a controversial petition.
Blazevic put his name to a document criticising leading Croatian figures, including prime minister Ivica Racan and president Stipe Mesic, and quit in the ensuing uproar.
There was only one man in the frame to take over - and so far Jozic has not disappointed.