Geraint Williams has been tasked with securing the future of Welsh football after being named as their new Under 21 manager.
The former Colchester and Leyton Orient boss has taken over from Brian Flynn whose contract ran out in May after eight years in the role.
The 50-year-old, who won 13 caps for his country between 1988 and 1996, was the pick of a long list of candidates drawn up by senior manager Chris Coleman and will also take control of the national Under 17 and Under 19 sides as part of his duties.
An FAW statement read: "The FAW is delighted to welcome Geraint Williams as the new intermediate teams manager."
His first game in charge will be when Wales face Armenia in an Under 21 European Championship qualifier in Wrexham on 15th August.
His team currently lie third in a Group Three topped by the Czech Republic with 16 points having picked up 10 points from six games with Armenia in second with 11 points.