Darren Kelly is relishing an exciting new era at Oldham Athletic after his appointment as the club's boss.The Northern Irishman joins the Latics after a spell on the coaching team at Sunderland, and will officially take up his new position on 1st June.
The former defender will be assisted by Dean Holden, who ended the season in charge of Oldham as they finished 15th in Sky Bet League 1.
"I am delighted that the Board of Oldham Athletic Football Club have seen fit to appoint me as the club's new manager,” Kelly told the club's official website.
"I am looking forward to building on the achievements of Oldham Athletic and driving the club to new levels of success. I ask the Oldham fans to believe in me and get behind the club whole heartedly as we embark on an exciting new era.
"It is a role that I accept with immense pride and one which I am fully focused on and committed to. As well as a wealth of playing and coaching experience, I pledge to Oldham Athletic and its supporters unwavering commitment and a desire to succeed.”
Commenting on the appointment, club chairman Simon Corney said: "We are delighted to have in place a young, fresh and dynamic management team reflecting our ambitions on and off the field.
"From the moment we first met with him, Darren impressed the board with his infectious enthusiasm, undoubted drive and energy and a confidence in his ability to deliver success for our football club.
"Coupled with his extensive coaching experience, knowledge of what is required to be successful in League 1 and a commitment to developing players at all levels, we believe he is the right person to oversee the re-building of the football side of our club."