Former Leeds United favourite Andy Hughes has no worries about working for West Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield Town.

The new first-team coach was a League I promotion winner with the Elland Road club under future Town boss Simon Grayson back in 2010.

His high-energy and wholehearted approach made him highly popular with the Leeds faithful.

But the 38-year-old, who has also coached at Bolton Wanderers, Rotherham United and Crystal Palace, will be desperate to help Town topple their neighbours next season.

“I’m sure my Leeds links won’t be a problem,” said Hughes, also a promotion winner with Reading and Charlton Athletic (League I) and Notts County (League II), who has replaced Mike Marsh at Town.

“I had a great time at Leeds and a good relationship with the fans, and I would never day a bad word about the club.

“But things change and now I work for Huddersfield Town, simple as that.

“I have been given a great opportunity here and I am grabbing it with both hands.”

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Hughes, a midfielder or full-back who also played for Oldham Athletic, Norwich City, Scunthorpe United and Bolton, where he began his coaching career with the Under 21s, says he learned a lot from Grayson, who led Town to promotion to the Championship in 2012, the same year he went up with Charlton.

“It’s a cliche, but it’s true, you pick up things from all the managers you work under,” he added.

“For me it started out with Joe Royle at Oldham. Then there was Sam Allardyce (at Notts County), Alan Pardew and Steve Coppell (Reading), Dennis Wise (Leeds) and Chris Powell (Charlton).

“I think it’s important that when a manager walks in a room, the players immediately know he is there.

“And honesty is key. That is something all players respect in a manager or coach.”

Hughes likes what he has heard from Town chief David Wagner and believes he can provide a useful ‘English insight’ for the German and hid assistant Christophe Buehler.

“They are the main men and I am here to help and support them in any way I can,” he added.

“I love the energy and passion both have for football and the club, and I can learn a lot from them.

“As an English voice, if you like, I believe I can be a useful link in the dressing room and on the training pitch.”

Stockport-born Hughes worked at three clubs this season, Bolton, Rotherham United and Crystal Palace.

He was a victim of circumstance at the first two, with Bolton cutting costs because of severe financial problems and Rotherham changing manager (Neil Redfearn to Neil Warnock).

He says Palace boss Pardew was fully supportive of his decision to switch to Town.

“It’s been a but of a journey these last 12 months,” he accepted.

“But I can’t control the factors which led to my moves, and it’s been a great experience.

“When I was working with the Under 21s at Bolton, I would never have believed I would end the season at Wembley (he was in the Palace dug-out at the FA Cup final defeat by Manchester United.

“Bolton were in a terrible situation and Rotherham were totally professional in the way they told me they were going in a different direction.

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“And Alan Pardew has been great to work with. My time there has been invaluable.

“I’m proud to have helped the club secure Premier League safety and reach an FA Cup final.”