Hendon's Dave Anderson has been appointed as the new permanent first-team manager of AFC Wimbledon.

The club's caretaker boss Nicky English who led the team to league and cup success after taking charge following Terry Eames' sacking in February has been offered a post with the Dons' new U18 side.

English is said by the board to be considering this offer.

Club chairman Kris Stewart said: "We are an ambitious club and must be aiming for promotion next year.

"We will be given the best possible chance of achieving that aim with Dave Anderson in charge.

"We would like to thank Nicky English for all his hard work and very much hope he will stay with us in a new and important role for our development."

Anderson, who is currently on holiday in Portugal, has been Hendon manager since 2001, leading them to eighth, third and fourth place in the Ryman Premier Division over the past three seasons.

As a player, he had schoolboy forms at Wolves and Sheffield United and played for Glen-toran and Bangor before injury ended his career at 23.

He represented Northern Ireland at schoolboy, youth and B level and holds a UEFA B coaching certificate.

"I am absolutely delighted and feel honoured to have been chosen," said Anderson.

"My ambition is to take this club as far as I can. It's a fantastic set up and I am a very proud man."

English said: "Obviously, I am devastated. The last four weeks in particular have been the best of my footballing life.

"But I hope the fans get behind the new manager as well as they got behind me and offer him all their support. I wish him all the best."