Andy Peaks was today confirmed as the assistant-manager of AFC Rushden & Diamonds.
He will support first-team boss Mark Starmer next season when the supporters-run club are expected to join the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League’s Division One.
Peaks became the first player to achieve 200 senior appearances for the original Diamonds during a five-year spell in helping them from the Southern League Midland Division into the Conferencve.
For the past three seasons he has been in charge of Northampton Spencer who will be dropping down from the UCL Premier Division for financial reasons.
Peaks said: “It’s like a dream come true and hopefully I can help Diamonds to make more progress.
“I’ve learnt my trade at different clubs but it feels fantastic to be going back to a club which played a massive part in my playing career and still stands out in my heart.
“They are so well run by the volunteers and it seems almost like a professional club. They have come so far in such a short space in time.”
Starmer added: “I have known Andy for a few years because he was one of the youth coaches at Rushden & Diamonds as well as working for Spencer.
“When I knew I was staying on as the manager, he was the main target as the man who I wanted on board.
“We’re not just looking at the first team. Andy will also be helping out the youth structure so he’s certainly the best man for the job.”
A decision from the Football Association is expected later this month over which league will take AFC Diamonds in their first season at senior level.
They have already signed a groundshare agreement with Wellingborough Town after spending last season in the Northants Senior Youth League with home games at Raunds Town.