Roy Keane was today confirmed as the new manager of Ipswich.
The former Manchester United and Republic of Ireland midfielder has signed a two-year contract with the Coca-Cola Championship side, who sacked former boss Jim Magilton yesterday.
The 37-year-old has been out of work since departing as Sunderland manager last December.
Keane told www.itfc.co.uk: "I truly believe that I am joining a club that has the potential, ambition and infrastructure to once again be a Premier League side.
“The club’s owner (Marcus Evans) and chief executive (Simon Clegg) impressed upon me their total focus on achieving this quest at the earliest opportunity and I can’t wait to get started.”
Magilton fell victim to the Portman Road regime’s top-flight aspirations yesterday when he was sacked as Ipswich manager after failing to lead them into the Championship play-offs.
That followed a £12m (€13.4m), Evans-funded spending spree on new players following the hospitality entrepreneur’s takeover late in 2007.
However, the new investment failed to produce a concerted push for promotion, as the Tractor Boys were consigned to mid-table and an eighth straight season in the second tier.
Evans said: “I am delighted that Roy has agreed to join us and we are completely aligned in our ambitions for Ipswich Town.
“He has extensive contacts in the game and is a proven winner who encourages his team to play the attractive football that Ipswich Town fans have come to expect.
“I believe he is the right man to take this club where we want to be – the Premier League.”
Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock was an early front-runner to succeed Magilton but Keane became the firm favourite yesterday afternoon.
Keane arrives with a 100% record of Championship promotion.
In his first season as a manager in 2006-07, the ex-Republic of Ireland captain transformed Sunderland from early strugglers to champions as he took the Black Cats back into the Premier League.
Clegg, the former chief executive of the British Olympic Association, added: “The appointment of Roy Keane further demonstrates our commitment to help Ipswich Town Football Club achieve our aim of returning to the Premier League at the earliest possible opportunity.
“Roy has experienced promotion as Championship winners as a manager and, importantly, then kept his side in English football’s top flight, and I am looking forward to working with him.”