Former Stockport manager Carlton Palmer has signed an initial deal until 2006 to become full-time boss at Mansfield.
Palmer was sacked from his first managerial post at Stockport
Palmer, 39, arrived at Field Mill in November in a caretaker role following Keith Curle's departure, and revealed that he was not paid for his efforts.
"I was working for the BBC at the time and I really enjoyed it, but Ron Atkinson said either I wanted to be a successful manager or I didn't.
"So I just got on with it because I have the desire to prove myself."
Curle was suspended after allegations of bullying a player and subsequently sacked.
His attempts to be re-instated were subsequently rejected by an independent appeals body.
Palmer admitted that the unusual situation presented Mansfield with problems.
"It meant the club couldn't be paying another manager, although my accountant wasn't very happy about it," he quipped.