Shane O'Neill is set to be appointed as the new Galway hurling manager, bringing to an end the county's protracted and often turbulent three-month-long search for a new senior boss. 

The former Na Piarsaigh manager has emerged as the favoured candidate following the interview stage and the selection committee are expected to recommend him to the county board.

O'Neill left the Na Piarsaigh post in March 2018 after three enormously successful years in charge, in which the Limerick club were crowned All-Ireland champions in 2016 and reached another All-Ireland club decider in 2018, being pipped by defending champions Cuala in a dramatic replay in Portlaoise.  

He won two Limerick SHC and two Munster club titles in his time there. As a player, O'Neill was earlier part of the first Na Piarsaigh team to win the Limerick SHC title in 2011. 

In recent weeks, former Limerick hurler and current Patrickswell manager Ciaran Carey and Liam Mellows boss Louis Mulqueen had been named as candidates. However, O'Neill, a partner in the Limerick-based legal firm Sweeney-McGann, is set to take over. 

The westerners have been searching for a new manager since Micheál Donoghue, who led the county to All-Ireland victory in 2017, abruptly quit in August.

Donoghue's surprise departure caused considerable disquiet among the playing squad and kick-started a lengthy process in which it appeared at one stage that Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald was on the brink of taking over. 

Galway are the last of the top-tier hurling counties have to install a senior manager ahead of 2020.