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Dean Računica

Assistant coach

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Biography

Date of birth

04/12/1969

Signed

24/06/2019

Country

Croatia

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

Dean, 49, played together with Slaven and worked closely with his compatriot during two European Championship campaigns when the latter was national boss of Croatia.

He enjoyed an eminent playing career as a creative No.10 which took him from hometown club Sibenik to Hajduk Split, where he first encountered Slaven as a team-mate.

He then enjoyed spells in Austria with Austria Salzburg, Israel with Hapoel Tel Aviv and Hapoel Ironi Rishon before moving to Chongqing Lifanin in China.

In 2002 and after winning two international caps, his career was cut short when he was diagnosed with a heart problem, but not before receiving a lifetime award from passionate Hajduk fans who loved his charismatic personality on and off the field.

He spent six seasons as an assistant coach at Hajduk before he took on the head job at lower league side Uskok Klis in 2010. In 2012, he took over Junak Sinj and in 2015 became the assistant coach of Slovak side Dunajska Streda, under the coaching staff of former Derby County player Aljosa Asanovic.

In 2017, Računica took up a job in Australia, becoming the assistant coach to Asanovic at Melbourne Knights before a year later rejoining Bilić and his backroom staff at Al-Ittihad.

As a coach, his most renowned work came between 2008-2013 when he worked with the Croatian FA both for the full international team and Under-21s. His role for the seniors was as scout/analyst during the 2008 and 2012 European Championships

With the Under-21s, he specialized in individual player work and was a mentor for international stars Mateo Kovacic, Duje Cop, Andrej Kramaric and Luka Modric.

Speaking in June 2019, Slaven said: "Dean played football with me, he played for the national team, he was an old-fashioned, left-footed No.10. He was a top player, an artist on the pitch.

"He played with me since we were 18 and then he moved to Austria, played a little bit for the national team, came back to Hajduk Split but then the doctors told him he had to stop playing football because of some problems.

"Then he went into coaching, he was involved with me at a couple of European Championships, 2008 in Austria and 2012 in Poland, and then he was assistant manager in Slovakia and Australia, he was with me then in Saudi Arabia.

"Now he's with me here. He's brilliant, he's my friend but he's not here because he's my friend, that helps and is important as you spend more time with your staff than your family, but he's here because he's a top coach."

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