Ann Hough has joined Barnsley as head of football operations and club secretary.

She recently left Huddersfield Town after more than 30 years in various roles.

A club statement said: “Ann will be responsible for all of the men’s and women’s first team football operations as well as the administrative side of the football department including academy and starts work immediately.”

Hough added: “I am thrilled to join the staff at Barnsley, once Jon (Flatman, chief executive) had made contact with me to discuss the newly created position I was immediately excited by the vision and direction that the board clearly has for the men’s, women’s and academy teams in the coming years.

“I have worked in football in this region for many years and I know how passionate the fans are and how hungry they are for success. I look forward to supporting Neill, Jess (Horsley, women’s manager) and Mladen (Sormaz, director of football) as well as helping to guide some of the other hard-working staff already in place at Oakwell.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for me, and I am looking forward to getting to know everyone around the club.”