Oldham Athletic have appointed Sunderland coach Darren Kelly as their new manager from 1 June on a two-year deal, with Dean Holden his assistant.
Kelly, 35, will be in his first managerial role after gaining his Uefa Pro Licence.
The Northern Irishman was a defender at Derry City, Carlisle, Portadown and York.
"It think it is a great time to come in as I'll get to chat to the players before the off season," Kelly told BBC Radio Manchester.
"I'm a young, aspiring modern-day manager, if it's manager you want to call it as I'll be involved in every training session.
"I understand that I'll have to go out and prove [myself] to a lot of people.
"Is it a risk? Absolutely. From the supporters, the chairman and the board side of it, but do I think it is a risk? No, and I think I'll prove that."
Oldham finished 15th in League One, seven points above the relegation places, after a 1-1 draw against Peterborough in Sunday's final game.