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Danilo Butorović

Assistant Coach

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Biography

Date of birth

25/07/1984

Signed

24/06/2019

Country

Croatia

Danilo Butorović and Dean Računica were appointed as assistants by Slaven Bilić when he was named Head Coach in June 2019.

Danilo, 34, is regarded as one of the up-and-coming coaching talents of Croatian football and has also previously worked together with the Baggies boss.

He holds a UEFA Pro license and, like the man who has recruited him, is a multi-lingual addition to Albion’s coaching team, fluent in English and Italian.

His reputation in his native land flourished as coach of regional Croatian club NK ORIJENT1919, whom he helped recover from liquidation in 2014 and raise from the bottom of the nation’s fourth tier to challenging for promotion to the second in three seasons.

Danilo left Orijent when he was recruited by Slaven for an assistant’s role at Al-Ittihad but their relationship goes back five years when Slaven invited his fellow countryman to gain some experience at a West Ham training camp.

He enjoyed the same opportunity at Hajduk Split while also being involved in coaching throughout Croatia’s age group teams, up to and including Under-21 football.

Danilo prides himself on his modern methods which is expected to be a feature of his work at Albion.

His expertise in technology and analysis will see him focusing particularly on pre-match preparation, recruitment and training preparations and assessment.

Speaking in June 2019, Slaven said: "When I was at West Ham, the Croatian national team doctor, my great friend who did my hip replacement, called me and asked if one coach, who had finished the Academy in Croatia - which is a very hard one, could come to learn. I said 'yes, come'.

"He came and had top grades. He's of that new generation - great on computer systems, a great analyst, he has that modern (approach) to football with programs, which is very important to have today.

"I know a lot about it but I'm not an expert there.

"He's also a coach, so he's not just an analyst, he has great ideas, he's good on the pitch and on the bench and good with the players.

"He's a top man for me and I thank that professor."

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