Portsmouth have unveiled ex-Marseille boss Alain Perrin as their new manager.
ALAIN PERRIN FACTFILE
Born: 7 October 1956, Lure
1983: Appointed junior coach at Nancy and works under Arsene Wenger. Later becomes Academy boss
1993: Takes over as manager of Troyes, taking the club from fourth to first division
2002: Given manager's job at Marseille and pays a French domestic transfer record for Didier Drogba
Jan 2004: Sacked by Marseille after poor run in French first division and later linked with job at Southampton
July 2004: Named manager of Al-Ain in United Arab Emirates
Oct 2004: Sacked by Al-Ain after a poor run of results
The Frenchman, 48, will be assisted until the end of the season by former Tottenham chief David Pleat, who has taken on a consultancy role.
"I'm very happy to join the Premiership because it is the best championship in Europe," Perrin said after signing a two-year contract with Pompey.
"I don't want to change anything, I trust them to get results and I want to give my experience and enthusiasm."
Chairman Milan Mandaric dismissed speculation that bringing Perrin in was a panic move with Portsmouth just four points above the relegation zone.
"I'm confident we will stay up. I said I was going to bring a new manager in at the end of the season. I clearly found the man that I wanted," Mandaric said. "It is the perfect time for him to come here.
"He is a man of integrity, solid personality, a football man and a good coach.
"It is something I've always wanted, my manager to coach and mould the players into a team. I looked at other people I could bring and he was the number one.
"You can always look back and every general is smarter after the war is finished. Maybe we should have made the appointment earlier, but I think the timing is good enough."
Mandaric confirmed that Pleat would only be working for the club until the end of the season, helping Perrin bed down in the job.
"We're looking at seven important games and David indicated to me he was available," Mandaric said.
"Alain needs to know about other teams and in David I couldn't find a better man to give Alain all the help he would need."
Pleat added: "Alain will lead the players and I don't think we should over-dramatise the current situation, they should be looking up.
"I won't be here much at all, but I'll be on the end of the phone to give him any advice at any time.
"His record at Troyes was absolutely unbelievable. He's very gifted and if I can help his passage I'll feel some satisfaction.
"If they want to know anything about anything I'll be around to help in any way I can."
Perrin built his reputation at Troyes where he took the unfashionable non-league club up through the leagues and into the Uefa Cup.
After his spell at Troyes he took over the helm at Marseille, steering the club into the Champions League in his first season.
However, he parted company with the club in his second term and is currently suing for unfair dismissal after being sacked in January 2004.
Perrin was linked with Southampton last season, a job that was taken by former Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp earlier this campaign in a controversial move between the south coast rivals.