"After Stuart (Pearce) left and Sven arrived, I felt I had a decent pre-season and I was a little bit disappointed that I didn't get my chance though I completely understood that he had a lot of money to spend and wanted to spend it on his own players," said the Scot.
"I still learned a lot from him because he was a great person as a manager and I think he appreciated what I brought to the club.
"Sven and I got on well. We had a lot of time for each other and even when I had gone on loan he still phoned me up a couple of times to ask me about various things. That was nice and he was one of the people who encouraged me to get my coaching badges."