Scunthorpe have appointed former Watford skipper Neil Cox as their manager.

Cox, whose playing career started with the Iron, replaces Russ Wilcox, who returns to his previous role of Under-23s manager.

Scunthorpe-born Cox leaves his job as former Vicarage Road team-mate Neal Ardley’s assistant at Notts County and will be tasked with mounting a promotion challenge in Sky Bet League Two.

“It’s the easiest decision I’ve ever made,” the former defender, who made more than 200 appearances for the Hornets, told the club’s website. “When I left this club 29 years ago it was the hardest one I’d ever made.

“I didn’t really want to leave but I had no option. When I had the conversation with the chairman about what we want to do, I couldn’t wait to get here.

“I’m raring to go and have done my homework, picturing what we need to do and how to do it, but the welcome I’ve had so far has been brilliant.

“We’re going to be positive, and get the town back together supporting this football club. That’s a big thing for me, we’re going to get out into the community, and bring everybody on board.

“Let’s start building this football club back up again.”