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An article on Norwich City’s new approach with German manager Daniel Farke, which appeared to day in the Eastern Daily Press, revealed that former Norwich player and coach Ian Butterworth has taken up the position of Head of European Recruitment at Burnley.

When Burnley appointed Robbie Cook in a similar role in November 2014, the club were quick to announce his appointment alongside that of Ben Mackriell, who arrived as a technical scout at the same time and left to join Opta 15 months later. Cooke left for Charlton but this time, as was the case with the appointment of Martin Hodge as Head of Recruitment, it’s all been done very quietly.

Butterworth, who was coach at Norwich during Bryan Gunn’s short period as manager, had a long and distinguished playing career with the Canaries for whom he played over 250 times after joining them from Nottingham Forest having previously started his playing career at Coventry.

He moved away from coaching after leaving Norwich with the appointment of Paul Lambert as manager and told the newspaper he hadn’t looked back. He did opposition scouting for England managers Stuart Pearce, Sven Goran Eriksson and Roy Hodgson and for the last three years has been chief scout at QPR.

He said: “I’ve travelled extensively around Europe and England, I know where players are, I’ve mixed with directors of football, presidents, owners, I’ve got a lot of connections in the game. I’ve had other opportunities but this one came up and I just fancied a change, so I’ve taken it.”

Speaking about his new role and how it fits in with the Clarets, he added: “They want to branch out into Europe and get some players because those in England, it’s ridiculous the market values that you’re paying for.

“Burnley are trying to establish themselves in the Premier League and to do that, you’ve got to be at it every year, spend the right amount of money, have good leadership. They are trying to progress and here I am.”

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