Rochdale have appointed Carl Forster as head coach ahead of the 2019 season.
Forster joins the Hornets from Whitehaven, where he has been a player-coach for two seasons at the Recreation Ground.
The 26-year-old is a familiar face at the Crown Oil Arena, having made a number of dual-registration appearances during the 2013 League 1 campaign. He even featured in their play-off final win over rivals Oldham which saw Rochdale promoted to the Championship.
On his return to Rochdale, Forster said: “It is great to be back at Rochdale, I’d like to thank the board for giving me this great opportunity.
“It’s an honour and a privilege to be the coach of such a great club and I am excited for what the future holds. I can’t wait to get to work.”
Rochdale interviewed a number of candidates for the role which will has been left by Alan Kilshaw.
On the appointment of Forster, Hornets’ chairman Peter Rush said: “Upon meeting Carl, I was immediately struck by his outstanding enthusiasm and willingness to promote Rochdale at every opportunity.
“He has a real affinity with the club and a great knowledge of local players, and players who would like to play for him.
“He is a young, hungry coach with a bright future and I am happy that as a club we can facilitate his development.”