Galway look set to confirm Pádraic Joyce as their new manager after the two-time All-Ireland winner was recommended for the role by the executive of the county board.

His ratification is due to take place at a meeting of the board next Friday. It's expected that John Divilly, Micheal O'Domhnaill and John Concannon will be part of his new backroom team.

Former Tipperary manager Liam Kearns was also interviewed for the job.

Joyce guided the Galway under-20s to this year's Connacht title, before they were beaten by Dublin in the All-Ireland semi-final.

On the field, Joyce was a crucial player in a successful period for the Tribesmen, playing a significant part in All-Ireland victories over Kildare (1998) and Meath (2001).

Previous manager Kevin Walsh stepped down at the start of last month. He had brought the county two Connacht titles, and oversaw their promotion back to Division 1 of the Allianz League, but his departure came after a disappointing summer for the westerners, as they failed to reach the Super 8s.

A short statement from the Galway county board said: "Following interviews for the position of Galway Senior Football Manager, the interview Committee will be recommending Padraic Joyce and his selectors John Divilly, Michéal Ó Domhnaill and John Concannon for ratification to the Management and County Committee at their meeting next week.

"Galway G.A.A would like to thank Liam Kearns for his interest in the fortunes of Galway and wish him well in the future."