Former Orient boss Martin Ling lands Swindon Town job
Ling, 49, played 190 times for the club in two different spells, helping them to the Premier League in 1993.
"It's important you understand how the club was to supporters," the ex-Torquay boss told BBC Points West.
"Swindon have been a big part of my life in football. It feels really good and it's about getting the club up the league as soon as possible."
His first taste of management came in 2003 with a five-and-a-half-year stint at Leyton Orient, before spells at Cambridge United and Torquay.
Chairman Lee Power had been in charge at the County Ground following Mark Cooper's sacking on 17 October.
Swindon are 23rd in the League One table and without a win in 11 games.
"I think they are in a false position, I really do. I watch an awful lot of League One football," Ling added.