John Ward took Carlisle United to the League One play-offs in 2008
League One side Colchester United have promoted John Ward to be their new manager following the departure of Aidy Boothroyd to Coventry City.
The 59-year-old joined Colchester as number two following the appointment of Boothroyd in September last year.
He told BBC Essex: "I'm very pleased that the chairman has decided to offer me it as he must have had a lot of really good applicants.
"To be given the chance is terrific and I've got to try and do my very best."
He added: "I've been working along side Aidy which has been terrific - I really enjoyed that.
"It's been different for me because I've been a manager previous to that for the last couple of clubs and it's a different situation to deal with but I'm absolutely delighted to get the position here."
Ward has previously had successful spells in charge of York City, Bristol Rovers, Bristol City, Cheltenham Town and most recently Carlisle United.
He left Carlisle in November 2008 after 13 months in charge, having led them to the play-offs.
He also took Bristol Rovers to the play-offs in 1995, having built a promotion-winning team with York City two seasons earlier - and led Bristol City up in 1998.
And he then earned his second promotion as manager when he led Cheltenham Town up via the League Two play-offs in 2006.
Ward will be assisted by the U's long-serving Irishman, coach Joe Dunne, formerly the club's youth team boss, then reserve team coach after 180 games in seven years as a player.
Colchester chairman Robbie Cowling told BBC Essex:
"As soon as I spoke to John with Joe I could tell the pair of them were chomping at the bit, wanting to have a go.
"I could see the ambition was there. I know John won't set any targets or commit himself but I know he'll be trying just as hard as Aidy, Paul Lambert and Geraint Williams were before to get this club where I think it belongs, which is in the Championship.
"There were some interesting people that did apply, I wanted to see what was out there. If I felt there was somebody out there that was going to be better I would have gone that way."
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