Niall Carew will succeed Turlough O'Brien as the new Carlow manager after being appointed on a two-year term this evening with three-time All-Ireland winner Ger Brennan arriving as head coach. 

Carew's appointment was rubber-stamped at a meeting of the county executive on Tuesday, he and Brennan having jointly spoken to county officials on Monday. 

Darren Leonard and Simon Rea will join the duo as selectors. 

The Kildare born Carew has previously managed both Waterford and Sligo, presiding over the latter for three seasons between 2015 and 2017, unexpectedly leading them to a Connacht decider in 2015 where they were heavily beaten by Mayo. 

Though these were his only two stints as an inter-county manager, he is almost as well known for his five year spell as a coach/selector with Kieran McGeeney in Kildare. 

Since retiring as a player, Brennan has worked as GAA Development Executive at UCD, overseeing a period of success for the institution, winning two Sigerson titles in 2016 and 2018. 

O'Brien resigned as Carlow manager shortly after the 2020 championship was postponed, having enjoyed a relatively successful six-year stint in charge. 

He guided Carlow, a perennial fourth tier side in the modern era, to promotion from Division 4 in 2018 and an improbable victory over Kildare in that summer's Leinster football championship.