West Bromwich Albion manager Slaven Bilic has revealed why he decided to add Dean Racunica and Danilo Butorovic to his coaching staff.
The Croatian, who was appointed by the Baggies earlier this summer, has made a bright start to life at the Hawthorns.
After securing victory in their opening day clash with Nottingham Forest, West Brom have since gone on to amass a further nine points in the Championship.
Currently on an unbeaten run of six matches in the second-tier, the Baggies will be confident of securing a positive result against Fulham on Saturday.
Speaking to the Express and Star ahead of his side’s visit to Craven Cottage, Bilic admitted the reasoning behind appointing Racunica and Butrovic in June.
The 50-year-old said: “Dean [Racunica] played with me – we’ve known each other since we were 19 and 20.
“I was his best man at his wedding.
“We are friends and all that, but he’s here for football – not only for me.
“It’s a big bonus, of course, but he loves football.
“The players like him.”
Bilic went on to add: “Danilo [Butorovic] is younger, I got to get to know him when I was at West Ham.
“He stayed for one week and – even then – he stayed after training to talk football and he had good ideas.
“He was very hungry, so I made a few phone calls to people I knew in Croatia.
“They said the best things about him.
“When I had the opportunity to make a new-ish staff, I asked him and he wanted to come.
“Both Dean and Danilo are very good.”
After seeing their side narrowly miss out on promotion last season in the Championship, the Baggies’ supporters will be hoping that the likes of Butorovic and Racunica will be able to play a defining role in helping the club secure a return to the top-tier next May.
With Bilic clearly having full confidence in his coaching staff, it would not be at all surprising if the Baggies end up achieving a great of success over the coming months in the Championship due to the positivity that currently surrounds the Hawthorns.
Whilst it is fair to say that West Brom have yet to fully click into gear this season, if the likes of Kenneth Zohore and Charlie Austin end up hitting top-form they could become a force to be reckoned with in the second-tier.