Carl Macauley has joined Chester FC as assistant manager after stepping down from his role as Vauxhall Motors manager.
Motors announced last week the club would be resigning from the Skrill North at the end of the season and dropping down to the West Cheshire League.
Macauley described himself as 'heartbroken' at the decision to exit the pyramid but agreed to remain at Rivacre Park for the remainder of the campaign unless another job came up.
He has now resigned having been approached to join the Blues management team, working with manager Steve Burr and first team coach Jon McCarthy.
Motors chairman Alan Bartlam said he wished Macaualey every success in his new role.
"In my opinion, we have had the benefit of one of non-league football's greatest manager at this club," said Bartlam.
"Carl has done an unbelievable job on a shoestring budget. We will all be disappointed to see him go, but thoroughly understand his position and wish him every success in the future. He will always be close to our hearts."
Burr was appointed in January and initially worked alongside Gary Jones, who had been assistant manager to ex-boss Neil Young, and brought in McCarthy as a replacement for first team coach Gary Powell.
Jones left the Swansway Chester Stadium last month by mutual consent and Macauley would appear to be an ideal replacement.
He spent more than five years in charge of Vauxhall Motors before stepping down in May 2011 but returned to the role six months later.
Macauley, 43, has worked wonders on a limited budget and his coaching methods are well respecting having been part of the academy set up at Premier League club Liverpool.
Macauley began his playing career with Motors in the West Cheshire League and was a key part of the club's rise through the leagues. His career took in spells with Barrow, Burscough, Southport and Telford.
Motors have put his former assistants Anthony Wright and Gary Martindale in charge for the rest of the season.