Colchester United have confirmed the appointment of Paul Lambert as their new manager.
The U's have been on the lookout for a new boss after parting company with Geraint Williams last month following the club's disappointing start to life back in League One this season.
Lambert, who has been out of management since leaving former club Wycombe Wanderers at the end of last season, was the outstanding candidate, according to chairman Robbie Cowling.
The 39-year-old former Scotland international midfielder walked away from the Chairboys after two years in the hot-seat following their defeat in last season's League Two play-offs.
"I think that we had a massively high calibre of candidates who applied and showed an interest," Cowling told the club's official website.
"We narrowed those down and interviewed four candidates from there.
"At that point, Paul was head and shoulders above the other candidates and he was so impressive that the board of directors were unanimous in their decision.
"I think the determination that he showed shone through and he showed a good knowledge of the squad that he would inherit from the previous manager.
"He felt that he could win with and showed a real desire to take this football club forward."
The current caretaker team of Kit Symons and Joe Dunne will be in charge of the U's for the final time against Cheltenham Town on Saturday before Lambert officially takes the reins next week.