Paul Scholes has been appointed manager of Oldham Athletic on a one-and-a-half-year-deal, the club have confirmed.
Former England international Scholes, who spent his whole playing career at Premier League giants Manchester United, was a boyhood Oldham fan.
And the 44-year-old will now take charge of the League Two side, his first permanent role in senior management.
Scholes has long been linked with the Oldham job and emerged as the frontrunner for the post after the December sacking of Frankie Bunn.
A complication was Scholes' involvement in non-league Salford City, where he is a co-owner along with fellow former United stars David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Phil Neville and Gary Neville.
But Scholes - who resigned as a Salford director - has now been cleared to take charge of Oldham and his first game in charge will come at home to Yeovil Town on Tuesday.
Speaking about the appointment, Oldham owner Abdallah Lemsagam said: "Paul has won everything there is to win in football.
"He is a man who will bring a lot of footballing knowledge and his hunger to succeed in management will be there for everyone to see.
"It's no secret how much he has wanted this job in the past and how much he loves this club, so I'm very happy to bring him into our family at Oldham Athletic.
"Paul will have my backing 100 per cent and hopefully we can work together to bring success back to this club."