Ex-England football international Keith Curle has won his case for wrongful dismissal against former club Mansfield, winning undisclosed damages.
The 42-year-old was sacked by the Stags in December 2004, when they accused him of bullying a youth-team player.
Curle, also Chester City's boss until 2006, denied the allegations and took legal action against Mansfield Town.
A judge cleared Curle of any wrongdoing on Friday saying that Mansfield's disciplinary process was a "sham".
Speaking after the hearing at Manchester County Court, Mr Curle said: "I'm delighted.
"The case was never about money, but about clearing my name. I've got nothing against the Mansfield fans but this really was necessary to clear my name."
Judge Field QC said Mr Curle had acted "appropriately, professionally and fairly" at all times during his time at Mansfield.
Mr Curle's agent Charles Collymore added: "With this millstone removed from Keith's neck we can get on with finding him a job in the near future."