Graham Alexander has left his role as Preston North End’s head of youth development to take the Fleetwood Town manager’s job.
He succeeds Micky Mellon who was sacked by the Cod Army last Saturday in the wake of their 3-2 FA Cup defeat to Aldershot.
Chris Lucketti, who was working as PNE’s youth team coach, will be Alexander’s No.2 at Fleetwood.
A North End spokesman said: “We would not want to stand in the way of two players who have given fantastic service to Preston North End, both as players and now as coaches.
“We were approached by the Fleetwood chairman to ask permission to speak to Graham and we of course gave him the courtesy of informing him of this.
“Graham said he would like the opportunity to talk to them and has agreed to join as manager.
“He asked for permission to take Chris with him, as his number two, and again we were happy to see two great servants of the club get this chance at first team level.”
Alexander, who played more than 1,000 games as player, was joint PNE caretaker manager with David Unsworth last season between the sacking of Phil Brown and the appointment of Graham Westley.
In their five games in charge, they had a record of two wins, two draws and a defeat.
After bringing down the curtain of his playing career in the summer, he was appointed North End’s head of youth development.
Assistant head of youth Nick Harrison will oversee this weekend’s youth team fixture against Blackpool, that being their final game before the Christmas break.
During that break, North End intend appointing Alexander’s successor.