Nantwich Town named Danny Johnson as their manager elect at lunchtime on Monday following his resignation from Evo-Stik Northern Premier League rivals Ashton United hours earlier.
Following talks between the Premier Division rivals, Johnson, pictured, will take charge of the Robins for the final time on Saturday when they travel to league leaders North Ferriby United. Darren Moss sees out his last game as Nantwich caretaker manager when the Dabbers host Blyth Spartans.
Johnson is leaving Hurst Cross after six years at the helm to switch to the Weaver Stadium and replace the departed Jimmy Quinn. The highlight of the former Trafford manager's time with United undoubtedly arrived in 2011 when he led them to a 1-0 victory over Northwich Victoria to lift the NPL's League Cup.
Ashton say they are sorry to lose their manager but accepted his decision and praised him for his conduct throughout before wishing him well. After confirming that the job of replacing Johnson would start this week at a scheduled board meeting, Robins Chairman David Aspinall said: "On behalf of the rest of the board, I wish to convey our sincere thanks for the work that Danny and his team have put in over the past six years at Hurst Cross. While naturally disappointed that a manager of Danny's calibre has chosen to move on, he goes with the club's blessing."
Johnson, 37, broke the news of his resignation to his followers on Twitter before later issuing a statement thanking Ashton for their support and looking ahead to his new challenge at the Dabbers.
Johnson said: "It gives me great pleasure to accept the offer to become the new manager at Nantwich Town Football Club. I have had six wonderful years as manager at Ashton United and I can't thank everyone connected with the football club enough for what they have done for my family and myself.
"It is with a very heavy heart that I move on. However, I am honoured to have been appointed as the new Nantwich Town manager and I look forward to the challenge of taking the club into the Conference North in the future. This football club has the potential to move in that direction and matches my own personal ambition.
He added: "Initially, we need to stabilise and ensure that we give ourselves the best chance of moving forward. I was in need of a fresh challenge and I have landed, in my opinion, one of the best jobs in Non-League football. I am really looking forward to meeting the supporters, players and people connected with the club and getting started to bring more success to Nantwich Town."
Nantwich Chairman Jon Gold revealed that Johnson had beaten more than 50 applicants in welcoming him to his post and believes he will be a great success.
Gold said: "We are thrilled that Danny has agreed to be our new manager as he was always someone we held in the greatest esteem due to his consistent achievements at Ashton United over a long period of time. We had over 50 applicants for the position and the overall quality was very flattering, but Danny met all the requirements we advertised for.
"Danny has a great knowledge of the Non-League system, it's teams and players, a proven track record of success at this level and he shares our long term vision and strategy for sustainable success. He has the passion and all the qualities to build on our past success and is someone who we firmly believe can introduce some stability and consistency to the club, while building a team that will take us forward in the months and years to come. He's a talented young manager and passionate about football and with his open and honest approach, I am sure he will soon become a big favourite of our supporters."
Gold also thanked the club's current caretaker manager Moss for his efforts in steadying the ship. He added: "I would also like to place on record our sincere thanks for the wonderful job that Darren Moss has done in caretaking the role recently. He has revitalised the club, it's players and supporters when they needed it most and made our decision in appointing a manager more difficult. I am certain that he will go on to become an excellent manager in the future and hopefully this experience will have helped him immensely."