The former Under-23 coach was given the first-team job on a temporary basis following the sacking of Quique Sanchez Flores and was then retained by Pearson and kept on as part of his back room staff.
“It was a surprise and it was a very good one," he said.
“It's a fantastic club to work in and obviously working within the Premier League, coaching on the first-team staff, it's fantastic for myself.
“We'll all have an input, we all chip in. It's really good for me to see how Nigel works and how Craig Shakespeare works, being a young coach myself, it's brilliant.
“There's always conversations that we have, it's not just me, he includes everyone in that, Craig Shakespeare, Graham Stack and myself, as well as the guys from the sports science team. We all have a chat and sit around and Nigel's very open to stuff like that, he's very good, he involves a lot of the staff."