Micheál Donoghue has been ratified as the new Galway hurling manager at a county board meeting tonight.

The Clarinbridge man has been handed a three-year term and will confirm his back room team in January.

Donoghue, who led his club to the All-Ireland title in 2011, replaces Anthony Cunningham, who stepped down last month following a player revolt.

Cuala manager Mattie Kenny and Roscommon manager Justin Campbell were also believed to have been interviewed for the position but Donoghue has now been confirmed.

Galway last won the All-Ireland title in 1988 and have since lost finals in 1990, 1993, 2001, 2005, 2012 and 2015.

A statement on galwaygaa.ie said: "Clarinbridge’s Micheál Donoghue is to be the new Galway Senior Hurling Manager for 2016.

"Micheál was involved with former Tipperary manager Eamon O’Shea’s backroom team for the past 2 years, guided his club Clarinbridge to win the All-Ireland Club Hurling title in March, 2011 and was part of this year's Clarinbridge minor backroom team that won the county title."