Kildare legend Glenn Ryan will be the next manager of the county's football team.

Ryan and his backroom are expected to be ratified by a special county committee meeting on 19 October.

Ryan’s inclusion in the race to succeed Jack O’Connor was only confirmed recently as the two frontrunners in the race were deemed to be Davy Burke and Tom Cribbin.

But it is the current Round Towers manager and former Longford boss who has been put forward by the county management committee for ratification.

Ryan captained the Lillies in one of their most fruitful periods in modern times, leading them to the 1998 All-Ireland final as well as collecting Leinster medals in '98 and again in 2000.

The two-time All Star also led Kildare Under-21s to Leinster success in 2008.

He led Longford's footballers to Division 4 and 3 league titles in 2011 and 2012.

Ryan will be joined in the new Kildare backroom team by fellow county icons, Anthony Rainbow, Johnny Doyle and Dermot Earley.

Rainbow previously managed Carlow and is currently in charge of the Ballyboden team in Dublin, where he has enjoyed success.

Doyle is regarded as one of the best Kildare players of all time and has been in charge of NUI Maynooth’s Sigerson Cup side.

Aside from his own impressive playing career, Earley has previously served as selector with the Ireland international rules team.

Meanwhile, Colm Bonnar has announced that Tommy Dunne, Johnny Enright and Paul Curran will join his Tipperary hurling management team as coaches/selectors.