By Craig Scott

3rd Jun, 2020 | 8:30pm

Journalist tips ex-Leeds star who has contacts at Elland Road to return in U18s coaching role

LeedsLive journalist Beren Cross would not be shocked if Andrew Hughes returned to Leeds United after he left his coaching role at Sheffield United this week.

Hughes, 42, announced on his personal Twitter account on Tuesday that he has departed Bramall Lane after less than a year working in their Under-23s set-up.

Hughes was a vastly popular player during his time at Leeds, earning over 100 appearances and helping the Whites win promotion to the Championship after dropping into League One.

He has been coaching ever since his playing days ended in 2015 and a section of fans took to Twitter his week to say that they want to see the former midfielder back at Elland Road.

LeedsLive reporter Cross has claimed in a Q&A session that Hughes returning to the club is a possibility but he would not expect him to coach in the Under-23s like he did at Sheffield United.

Instead, a role in the Under-18s might be more likely for Hughes.

“He has a special place in many Whites hearts after his exploits with the team between 2007 and 2011,” said Cross.

“He remains a regular at Elland Road matches, and will have contacts inside the club still. Based on his experience, location and affiliation I certainly would not be surprised to see him turn up in the academy set-up, but perhaps Under-18s and below.

“Marcelo Bielsa has a monopoly on coaching control through the first team and Under-23s, it would be a surprise to see him bring in an outsider at that level.”

We’d love to see Hughes return.

He was a brilliant player for Leeds and he clearly still loves the club as he attends matches on a regular basis.

Leeds’ academy set-up is one of the best in the country and Hughes’ experience could come in very handy at Thorp Arch.

In other Leeds United news, a fan has shared an image of building work that is being carried out at Elland Road.