League Two side Luton Town have appointed Nathan Jones as their new boss in his first managerial role.
Welshman Jones, 42, succeeds John Still, who was sacked last month, with the side on a run of one win from their last nine games. They currently sit 15th in the table.
"We believe we have found the best man to lead the club's footballing aspirations forward," the club's chief executive Gary Sweet.
"Nathan is a professional, disciplined, strong and open-minded character who is going to install a hard-working team ethic and, importantly, the prospect of fast-flowing football to Kenilworth Road."
"The board believe Nathan will modernise our club's football culture, blending the elements of our footballing heritage with a modern, forward-thinking philosophy.
"As a club we realise a change of thinking will not happen overnight, but we are already excited at the prospect of Nathan's ideas and vision for Luton Town."
Jones began his professional career at the club, having moved to Kenilworth Road from Merthyr Tydfil in 1995, but he failed to make a first-team appearance before moving to Spain.
He also featured for Brighton, Scarborough and Southend on his return to England, finishing his playing career in 2012 following a spell with Yeovil Town.
Jones then took charge of Charlton's Under-21 side before moving back to the Seagulls as a coach in 2013.
Brighton chairman Tony Bloom said the club "understand that this is an opportunity he feels he must take to progress his career".