Northampton Town academy manager Sean Parrish has left the club to join Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The 40-year-old also played for the Cobblers, helping them to the Division Three play-off final win in 1997.
"There were a few sleepless nights [prior to making the decision] and it was a big wrench to leave.
"It's something I'm looking forward to but it's sad to leave the club that has given me a great career."
He added: "Theirs will be the first result I'll be looking for on a Saturday afternoon."
Parrish launched his career with non-league Telford United at the Bucks Head, where Wolves play their reserve games.
Trevor Gould has taken on the role of academy manager at Sixfields, while Ray Warburton is the youth coach.
Parrish will assist Wolves academy coach Kevin Thelwell with the club's Under-18s and Under-21s.
"We are sorry to see Sean go but this is a terrific opportunity for him," said boss Aidy Boothroyd.
"Sean has been commuting from his Shropshire home for the last few years and this move means he will also be closer to his family," he added.
"It gives him the chance to work for a club who were in the Premier League a few months ago."
Parrish believes that the club are in safe hands with Boothroyd at the helm.
"I've worked under four or five managers in the short time I've been there," he said.
"Aidy has brought something different. He's had to deal with the so-called mess that was left behind and the players he's brought in are better than the ones he's let go.
"They're still a couple of players short. Getting in a goalkeeper and a centre-back was high on the agenda before I left, so I know that needs to be addressed.
"But I'm sure Aidy will have irons in the fire and I'm sure they'll come along sooner rather than later."