Joe Quaid says he is looking forward to the challenge of taking over as Westmeath hurling manager after the Limerick native was ratified as Michael Ryan’s successor.

Quaid guided Kildare to Keogh and Christy Ring Cup successes in his three years in charge of the Lilywhites.

He also managed Limerick camogie team from 2013 to 2014, leading the Treaty county from Division 2 league and intermediate championship level to one of the top senior counties in the game in just three seasons.

"Delighted to have been ratified as the new Westmeath hurling manager," he said. "Really looking forward to a new challenge and bringing Westmeath hurling to new heights."

Quaid, who managed many of Limerick’s 2018 All-Ireland winners at underage level, has yet to finalise his backroom team.

Jack Cooney’s appointment as football manager was rubber-stamped at the meeting.

Cooney, a former Westmeath player, has managed Rhode, Newbridge and home club Coralstown/Kinnegad in recent times.

He was a selector under Páidí Ó Sé when the Kerryman led Westmeath to their first and only Leinster title in 2004 and a coach/selector with Rory Gallagher in Donegal.

He will become the first Westmeath native to manage the team since Brian Murtagh in the early 90s.