PORT Talbot have announced that caretaker boss Scott Young is to take over on a permanent basis.
Young, who joined the Steelmen as coach this summer was handed the role on a temporary basis following the dismissal of manager Mark Jones last Monday and steered the club to a victory over Prestatyn Town in his first game in charge.
The 36-year-old was a one-club man during his Football League career in which he made 275 appearances for Cardiff City after being handed his debut by the late Eddie May (who later managed Llanelli) in November 1993.
Young became a popular figure during his 11 seasons with the Bluebirds, especially for scoring the winning goal in a 2-1 FA Cup third round win over Leeds United in January 2002.
Unfortunately his later years with Cardiff were blighted by a persistent back injury and he retired at the end of the 2003/4 season at the age of 28.
After attempting a comeback as a Newport County player at the start of the 2004/5 season and being made captain, further injury problems forced him to retire from football.
He returned to the club as assistant manager to Peter Beadle in 2006 and then took over as manager of Welsh League AFC Porth in October 2009, leaving the club in May.
Young was capped by Wales at Under-21 and B international level and also received a call-up to the full Wales in March 2002, but remained on the bench during a 0-0 draw with the Czech Republic.
"We are delighted to be appointing Scott as our new manager and have every confidence in his ability given his professional background," says Port Talbot chairman Andrew Edwards, who also confirmed that Marc Cahill and Vince Lewis will remain as first-team coaches, with Nigel Williams continuing as goalkeeping coach.