The NZ Knights confirmed on Wednesday that Paul Nevin will replace John Adshead as manager of the club for the 2006 A-League season.
Nevin had been working as caretaker manager of the club since Adshead resigned his position in April and is well aware of the task he faces.
"I am pleased that the decision now allows me to move ahead with great certainty with our planning and preparation for the new season.
"We are on the verge of something special and while a massive challenge, it is one that I am ready for," Nevin told the Knights web site.
The 36-year-old had spent the last eight seasons at English Premier League club Fulham in a number of roles including Reserve Team and Academy manager.
Knights chairman Anthony Lee is pleased with Nevin's appointment to the job.
"Paul was one of a large number of quality applications but the one that ultimately stood out from the rest.
"As was the case when appointed head coach, Paul has a CV in football that few others can match with his technical qualifications backed up by great references with regards his work with players," Lee said.
Nevin will get the chance to work with new Knights signings Jonti Richter, Richard Johnson and former Scotland international Scott Gemmill in preparation for the 2006 season which begins on August 27 against the Newcastle Jets.