Notts County have appointed their former defender Craig Short as the club's new first-team manager on a three-year deal.
Short, 41, who spent last season in charge of Hungarian side Ferencvaros, will be joined by a technical director, who will be confirmed next week.
Short said: "I'm a little bit shocked to be honest, having seen some of the names linked with the job.
"It's still sinking in a little bit. A lot's changed since I was last here."
Short spent three years as a player at Meadow Lane, making 128 league appearances between 1989 and 1992, after signing from Scarborough.
As soon as I met Craig it was obvious that he was an ideal candidate
Notts chairman Ray Trew on Craig Short
His career then took him to Derby County, Everton, Blackburn Rovers and Sheffield United, before taking up his first managerial post at Ferencvaros in November 2009.
Short led Ferencvaros to seventh in the Hungarian top-flight last season.
"I actually rang (former owner) Derek Pavis a couple of years ago, enquiring about a job here and he gave me the best piece of advice - to go and get some experience," he added.
"I took that on board and whilst I was reluctant to go abroad to gain that experience and it would prove to be the toughest two years of my life, it has paid off because it has brought me to where I am today.
"If I can enjoy half as much success here as a manager as I did as a player, it's going to be a fantastic time for myself and the club."
Magpies chairman Ray Trew added: "In our search for a new manager we have been looking for someone who had Notts County in their heart and as soon as I met Craig it was obvious that he was an ideal candidate.
"We have a fantastic team spirit at Notts and we were looking for someone who could come in and build on this, keeping the momentum of last season going to give us the best possible start to the new campaign.
"Having broken into management at Ferencvaros in Hungary, Craig has already proved that he has the stomach for a challenge and I am delighted that he has agreed to step up to the task of leading Notts into League One."
Short will officially begin work at Meadow Lane on Monday, but will be presented to the media on Thursday, 10 June, along with the new technical director.
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