Hartlepool United have named Martin Scott as their new manager on a permanent basis.
Scott played over 100 games for Sunderland
The 37-year-old former Sunderland left-back had been caretaker boss of Pools since Neale Cooper left Victoria Park at the beginning of May.
Scott led the side to the League One play-off final where they lost out to Sheffield Wednesday in Cardiff.
He joined Hartlepool as youth team coach before stepping up to reserve team manager in the summer of 2002.
Scott said: "This is the right time for me and I think the chairman has made the right decision.
"We know how far the club has come in recent years and it is important that we keep moving forward and progressing.
"I was very naive when I first came to the club but I have learnt and I am not afraid to admit that.
"I have learnt to think like a manager and although I have things to still improve on I am really excited to get this chance.
"I know the players will be looking forward to next season and they know the standards I wull be expecting of them will be really high."