Annan Athletic have appointed former Dumbarton manager Jim Chapman as their new manager.
The 47-year-old beat caretaker boss Euan Brydson to the post despite the Galabankies taking 10 points from their last five games in the third division.
Chairman Henry McLelland, though, is adamant he has picked the right man to take over from Harry Cairney, who quit in December.
McLelland said: “Euan has done a great job and we hope he will stay on with the club. However, after we spoke to Jim he was a perfect fit for the club at this stage of our development.
“Jim brings not only managerial experience but his knowledge of youth development and working in the community all sit perfectly with Annan.
“We had a few other serious contenders including Jim Weir and Scott Severin. We also had Rowan Alexander to consider, as he is the club’s head of youth, but once we spoke to Jim there was only one choice.”
After his side’s 2-1 win over Montrose on Saturday, which saw the Galabank club move within three points of a play-off spot, a disappointed Brydson said: “I’ve been at the club for five years and worked mainly with the under-19s but Harry Cairney brought me in as his assistant at the beginning of the season.
“I’ve obviously loved every minute and, as I work nearby in Dumfries, I know exactly how much the club means to the community. I was unfortunate in my playing career and, after being at Aberdeen, Queen of the South and Annan, I had to retire at 25 due to injury.
“The attitude of the players has been tremendous during my five games in charge and that was the same against Montrose. I can only thank them for everything they’ve done. I’m grateful to the board for giving me the opportunity.”
Chapman led Dumbarton to promotion from the third division in 2009. He has also worked at Albion Rovers and enjoyed success with the Kilmarnock ladies side from 2001 to 2004.
Much like Brydson, Chapman retired in 1990 at just 25 following a knee injury, after more than 100 league appearances for Albion Rovers and Dumbarton.
One player who will not be meeting the new gaffer is Graeme Bell.
Following a lengthy absence due to injury, he has asked to be released from his contract.