Jason Ryan has stepped down as Kildare manager after two seasons in charge.

Ryan's departure was announced at a meeting of Kildare County Board on Thursday night.

The Waterford native guided to the Lilywhites to Leinster semi-finals in both campaigns and a quarter-final this year, where they lost by 27 points to All-Ireland champions Kerry.

However, the county also suffered successive Allianz Football League relegations and will play in Divison 3 next season.

“It is with regret that I wish to resign from my position as Kildare Senior Football Manager," Ryan said in a statement. "It is not a decision that I have taken lightly. I have been involved in intercounty management since October 2007 and the challenges and time requirements of the job have taken their toll.

"I wish to thank the Kildare county board for giving me the opportunity to work as manager for the last two seasons and to Kieran McGeeney for giving me the opportunity to work with him as selector in 2013. It has been a privilege.

"I would like to thank the players for their hard work and dedication to Kildare. Keep the faith men! Above all I would like to thank the wonderful people who made up our entire backroom team. Over the last two years their honesty, hard work, commitment and passion for Kildare football cannot be overstated.

"During my three years in Kildare I have learned a great deal and have had some wonderful experiences. In particular the scenes that I experienced at the end of game against Cork will remain with me for the rest of my life.”

Kildare GAA thanked Ryan for "his level of dedication and commitment during his time with the county."