Northampton Town have appointed former Port Vale and York City manager Martin Foyle as their new head of recruitment.
The 51-year-old has been out of football since parting company with Conference club Southport last October.
He will now have responsibility for identifying possible signings for the Cobblers, including a new group of development players for next season.
"Recruitment is a key task. It needs someone dedicated to the role full time," said manager Chris Wilder.
"Martin already has a team of scouts working for him and the club in different geographical areas and they are watching a lot of players on our behalf.
"It seems likely short-term loans won't be allowed in the Football League next season, and even if they are, I want to get away from us having to borrow players from other clubs unless we need to in an emergency," he told the club website.
"As manager I have the final say on who comes in, but the job of Martin and his team of scouts is to identify and recommend players for consideration and we have made an excellent appointment."