League One Colchester have handed Joe Dunne the manager's job on a permanent basis.
He was initially named as caretaker boss after the sacking of John Ward earlier this week.
Dunne was assistant to Ward and now the club have decided to give him the job as they look to transform their fortunes after a slow start to the season.
Colchester chairman Robbie Cowling insists it was an easy choice to name Dunne as manager.
"I am sure you will all join me in wishing Joe all the best in his new job," Cowling told the club's official website.
"It was not an easy decision to part company with John Ward because he had worked so hard to achieve so much for Colchester United Football Club.
"However, it was an easy choice when it came to selecting John's successor.
"Joe has been with Colchester United for sixteen years as a player, youth team manager, reserve manager, assistant manager, caretaker manager and now he is first team manager.
"Joe takes charge of Colchester United when the club's long term prospects are the best they have ever been but at a time when the short term future is one of its most challenging."