Former Liverpool and Manchester City midfielder Dietmar Hamann has been named the new manager of non-league Stockport.
The ex-Germany international has left his role as a coach at Leicester to take his first managerial post at the club who were relegated after finishing bottom of the Football League last season.
The appointment of the 37-year-old follows the takeover of the Hatters by a consortium headed by businessman Tony Evans. Hamann, who won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2005, has agreed a one-year contract at Edgeley Park and said: “With the situation as it is - only seven or eight players on the books - I’ve got a chance to bring in eight or nine players that I want and I think that’s a big advantage.
“There’s no rights or wrongs and I look forward to the challenge. I’ll go to places I’ve not been before but I’m not afraid of that because that’s what it’s all about in football - taking up new challenges. Where there’s a chance there’s a risk, but I’ll try my best to make the club successful again and bring it back to where it belongs.”
Hamann’s first competitive match in charge will be the Blue Square Bet Premier opener at Forest Green Rovers on August 13.