Tranmere Rovers have appointed former Exeter City assistant boss Rob Edwards as their new permanent manager.
The 41-year-old replaces Ronnie Moore, who was sacked in April after pleading guilty to breaking Football Association betting rules, and will be assisted at Prenton Park by Dave Timmins and former caretaker coach John McMahon.
Tranmere were relegated to League Two in 2013-14 following a final day home defeat to Bradford City, and Edwards, who left Exeter earlier this month after eight years as both a player and coach, wants to see his new team challenge at the top of the fourth tier next term as he takes on a role which he has prepared for.
“I’ve worked hard for this chance and feel I’ve been ready to manage for some time,” the Welshman told Tranmere’s official website.
“I’m ready to put into practice the skills I’ve learned from 25 years in the game that has seen me work with, and learn from, some superb managers and excellent players.
“My aim is to make sure we are challenging at the top end of the table, as well as setting up a structure to produce more home-grown players.”
Chief Executive Jeremy Butler added: “We want a manager capable of winning promotion but also one able to improve our current young bright talents, as well as putting in place a pathway to bring through more players from our academy.
“Rob has an excellent track record of developing players and we expect his determination to play a style of vibrant, attacking football next season will produce a successful campaign.