FORMER Town coach John Deehan has become director of football at League II Lincoln City.
The 48-year-old who worked under Steve Bruce and Lou Macari at the Galpharm before moving to Aston Villa in July 2001 held the same position at Northampton, who have just been promoted to League I.
John Schofield, right-hand man to former Imps manager Keith Alexander, has been named head coach.
Alexander left Lincoln in the wake of their play-off semi-final defeat in May and has since been made manager of their League II rivals Peterborough.
As a player, Deehan's clubs included Aston Villa, West Brom, Ipswich, Norwich and Barnsley.
He has also coached at Manchester City, Norwich, Barnsley and Sheffield United and been manager of Norwich and Wigan.
Deehan, who is currently watching World Cup matches in Germany, said: "I've just had a successful campaign with Northampton, and hopefully I can use the lessons learned at Lincoln.
"The club have been unfortunate to miss out on promotion in each of the last four seasons.
"I'm looking forward to working with John Schofield to ensure we put matters right as soon as possible."
Former Town striker Phil Starbuck is the new manager of UniBond League Premier Division side Hednesford Town.
West Ham manager Alan Pardew has backed new signing Jonathan Spector to blossom at West Ham after bringing a long and protracted chase to a successful conclusion.
The Upton Park boss landed the 20-year-old defender in an initial £500,000 deal from Manchester United.
Pardew revealed he has been a long-time admirer of the youngster and is tipping the USA international to enjoy a successful future in claret and blue.
"Jonathan is a player we have been tracking for the past 18 months or so," he said.
"He has huge potential and we hope that bears fruition here at West Ham.
"He is definitely one for the future and, with a UEFA Cup campaign to look forward to next season, he will add to our defensive quality."