JIM Vince, who quit Witton in mid-May saying he could not perform his management duties for six months, was appointed boss of Halifax Town on Wednesday.
The appointment had been rumoured for a fortnight.
It is a tremendous opportunity for 41-year-old Vince who proved his worth by taking Witton to successive runners-up spots in the UniBond League.
He gave a prolonged recovery from an ankle operation as the reason for leaving Witton, though he has attended coaching sessions at Crewe Alex since then.
Halifax is a Football League town with a UniBond League First Division club.
They folded and re-formed in the summer and were given a new starting point in the non-league pyramid.
But Vince will get no goodwill messages from Witton fans, who not only feel misled by his reason for resigning, but accuse him of encouraging players to leave and even ensuring some were not properly registered with the FA and were thus free agents.
Vince declined to comment on these issues.