Darlington have appointed former Republic of Ireland boss Steve Staunton as manager until the end of the season.
Staunton, 40, takes over at the Arena following Colin Todd's exit with the club bottom of League Two, eight points adrift after 11 games.
The Irishman's last post was as assistant to Gary McAllister at League One outfit Leeds, which he left in December 2008.
He will be assisted by former Sunderland coach Kevin Richardson.
Chairman Raj Singh has moved quickly to fill the vacancy following Todd's departure, and believes the club have appointed a promising and hungry young manager.
We spoke to a handful of applicants over the weekend and Steve came across as the most professional and organised
Darlington chairman Raj Singh
"We're excited about the prospect of working with someone with vast experience in the game and a wealth of contacts," he said.
"Steve enjoyed a formidable playing career and he has a strong desire to succeed as a manager as well.
"We spoke to a handful of applicants over the weekend and Steve came across as the most professional and organised."
Staunton's first game in charge will be on Saturday, away to Dagenham & Redbridge in League Two, while current caretaker manager Craig Liddle and assistant Neil Maddison will take control of the side for the trip to Leeds United in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy on Tuesday.
As a player Staunton enjoyed a successful career, amassing a record 102 caps for the Republic of Ireland as well as winning domestic silverware with both Liverpool and Aston Villa, and enjoyed spells with Coventry and Walsall.
He also represented his country at three World Cups, 1990, 1994 and 2002, captaining them in the latter tournament held in Japan and South Korea.
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