Bridlington-born Richard Cresswell has been given a key role with York City’s first team as the club look to retain their Football League status.
Having started and finished his playing career at Bootham Crescent, the striker became the club’s head of football operations last summer.
But he has taken up the role of first team coach as the Minstermen, who find themselves 21st in League Two, one point above the relegation zone after last Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Accrington Stanley.
Cresswell has been working with the club’s academy since hanging up his boots, but manager Russ Wilcox has called on his experience to help with the fight for survival.
The 37-year-old told the club’s website: “It has been a bit of a whirlwind over the last few days and I’m delighted the gaffer has asked me to come on board.
“We are desperate to stay in League Two and I’m looking forward to being part of the team for the rest of the season.
“I’ve played at every level across my career and had a coaching stint with Sheffield United in the first team and Under-21s, as well as obviously looking after the Academy here with Andy McMillan and Jonathan Greening.”
He has already been working with City’s first-team strikers, passing on experience picked up during a career which saw him play in the Premier League and for England under 21s.
He helped York with a great escape when he returned for a second spell as a player in 2013, and hopes to repeat the trick from the sidelines now.
“When I came in two years ago as a player we were in a similar sort of position and it was backs against the walls but with character and determination we managed to pull clear and that’s what I intend on doing in the coaching side.
“Everyone knows I live in the area and my kids are all York City fans so this club means a lot to me,” he told the club website.