Steven MacLean has been appointed St Johnstone manager on a permanent basis after signing a three-year contract.
The former Perth striker took over the role in April, replacing Callum Davidson.
St Johnstone won just two games in 2023 at the time and battled on ahead, but lost just one game under MacLean to secure safety.
“St Johnstone has a very special place in my heart,” said the 40-year-old.
“We got our chance for the SPFL Premiership and that was my goal.
“But the work for next season starts here and I will be committed to being a successful St Johnstone manager.”
Davidson won the cup twice with the McDiarmid Park club in 2020-21 in their greatest season, however Davidson’s team survived last season through the Premier League.
Another difficult campaign followed this time, culminating in the manager’s exit last month.
MacLean spent six years in the St Johnstone club until 2018.
“I’ve known him for many years and I’ve always admired him as a leader,” St Johnstone chairman Steve Brown said.
“As a long-term manager, he hit his targets very quickly and it was clear that he was the man I wanted to lead us permanently.
“He gets St Johnstone from top to bottom and has a great relationship with our supporters. We all believe that good times are ahead for our club.”