Donnelly confirmed that his role at the club is a joint management role alongside Anthony Danylyk and he says that the pair can flourish at the Marston’s Stadium.
He said: “We applied for the job for a joint management role and that’s how we are planning to work it.
“Anthony was player manager at Leek when he asked me to join him as assistant but now we’re doing it together.
“We have a good working relationship and we have worked well in tandem. We are committed and dedicated and we will share the responsibility.
“I’m delighted to have the role here, I’ve been to Belper a number of times and it’s always been a good visit with a good community feel which is the sort that I certainly thrive in so I’m looking forward to it.”
Donnelly has valuable experience at this level of football, having played for Nantwich, Witton Albion, Newcastle Town, Stafford Rangers, Kidsgrove and Leek Town as well as having an assistant role to Danylyk at Leek.
The 36-year-old says that he has gained knowledge that he will certainly be able to transfer into his role with Belper.
Donnelly said: “I’m learning all the time, you’re never the finished article, as a player or as a manager.
“My last job was certainly an eye opener, I’ve taken a lot on board from my time with Leek and I’m sure that me and Anthony will carry on developing.”
Anthony Danylyk confirmed that there was no pressure from the board to reach the play-offs this season, but they wish to see improvement.
But Donnelly is hoping that he and Danylyk can put Belper into a position where they can be pushing towards the top five.
Donnelly said: “We are hoping for progression this season and hopefully push to be in and around the play-offs.”
With the season slowly creping around the corner, Danylyk and Donnelly will be searching for players to try and be as successful as possible this year.
Donnelly says that he and Danylyk will have to act quickly but already have a couple of players that they have their eyes on.
He said: “We have arranged to meet with the current players and have a word with them and then we’ll assess what we need to add.
“We’ve been speaking to some players and we have some targets in mind but we are definitely going to keep some of the current squad.
“We need to work quickly now and we will have to settle as soon as possible, we know we might be at a disadvantage coming in this late but we know what we want.”
Donnelly will begin partnering Danylyk in the dugout this season and everyone at Belper are hoping that they can be as successful as possible.
Updated 19:47 - 8 Jun 2017 by Dominic Hynes