Steve Coppell has been made director of football at Crawley Town.
Mr Coppell takes up the position following the resignation of Crawley Town's manager Steve Evans who quit too take over the running of Rotherham.
Mr Coppell has had a number of successful periods managing football clubs including Reading, who he took to the Premiership, Brighton & Hove Albion and Bristol City.
His role at Crawley Town will be different as caretaker manager Craig Brewster will remain in his post overseeing the day-to-day role of managing the football team as they reach the crunch point of the season and try to secure promotion from League Two at the first time of asking.
Crawley Town lie in fourth position in the division with just a handful of games left.
Chief executive Alan Williams said on the club's website: "Steve's background and pedigree will help us achieve our aims of pushing into League One and beyond."
"Bringing someone with Steve's stature in football as well as his experience and detailed knowledge of the game to Crawley Town is another important milestone in the development of the club."
Crawley co-owner Susan Carter told BBC Sussex "Steve likes what has happened at Crawley and wanted to come. He brings a wealth of experience over many years and many different levels. You need that, especially at a club that has ambitions.
"He'll assess everything and we'll be working very closely with him.
"The main thing now is to get back into the automatic promotion slots."