Blue Square Bet North side Blyth Spartans have confirmed the appointment of Tommy Cassidy as manager.
The former Workington and Newcastle Blue Star boss, 51, left his role at Whitby Town in October and has replaced Steve Cuggy who departed on Tuesday.
"Hopefully he will get us out of the rut we're in," chairman Tony Platten told BBC Newcastle.
Cassidy will be unveiled to supporters prior to the visit of Altrincham to Croft Park on Saturday.
Spartans are currently bottom of the division with two wins in 20 league games following Saturday's 3-0 defeat at FC Halifax Town.
"We are looking to pick up some points over the Christmas period," Platten continued.
"The games against [fellow strugglers] Workington will be particularly important."
As a player the Belfast-born midfielder represented Northern Ireland at the 1982 World Cup and won 24 caps, as well as turning out for Burnley and Newcastle United domestically.