Paul Hartley: Former Dundee manager is new Cove Rangers boss
Cove Rangers' ambition convinced Paul Hartley to accept their offer to lead the club in their first SPFL campaign.
Hartley, 42, replaces John Sheran and Graeme Mathieson, who led the Highland League champions to promotion in May.
Sheran - the father of Hartley's partner Lisa - suffered a heart attack in April and will take on a director of football role.
"I think it's a great opportunity for me. It's been a long 10 months out of the game," Hartley said.
"I see this as a good project, working with a good chairman, good players, good backroom team. The club's ambitious, I'm ambitious, and can't wait to get started."
Former Scotland midfielder Hartley was sacked by Falkirk last August after 11 months in charge.
He previously had three years at Dundee, leading the club to the Scottish Premiership at the first attempt after taking Alloa Athletic to back-to-back promotions.
Hartley, who helped Cove prepare for last season's play-off games against East Kilbride and Berwick Rangers, has signed a three-year deal and will be joined by assistant Gordon Young and fitness coach Tam Ritchie.
"I'll still work with John. I'm very close with him and someone I know very well. We've got a fantastic relationship and long may it continue. We're all here for the same thing, to make Cove successful."