Former Mayo forward Andy Moran is the new manager of the Leitrim football team.

The 2017 Player of the Year was officially named as the replacement for Terry Hyland shortly before lunch today.

This is Moran's first foray into senior inter-county management and it comes after weeks of speculation that he would take the reins at the Connacht side.

Moran is currently serving as player-manager of Ballaghaderreen, who were in action in the Mayo Championship last weekend, beating Balla 3-10 to 1-15.

Joining Moran on the management ticket will be his fellow clubman and former Mayo U-21 boss Mike Sloan, while former Leitrim players Barry McWeeney and James Glancy are on board as selectors.

The speculation around the 37-year-old's appointment has created a significant buzz within the county, with Moran’s qualities as a player and person hugely impressing the Leitrim executive.

Allied to this is his energy and enthusiasm to step on to the inter-county managerial circuit, his thoughts on where Leitrim can go, and his coaching ethos.

Moran takes over from Hyland, who guided Leitrim to promotion from Division 4 of the Allianz League in 2019, when they won their first five games in the competition to contest the league decider against Derry in Croke Park, a game that witnessed a massive Leitrim crowd in GAA HQ but ultimately saw the county lose 0-20 to 0-16 to Derry.

They were relegated back to the bottom tier in 2020, with this season proving difficult - three defeats from three in Division 4 North, before suffering a 5-20 to 0-11 defeat to Moran's native Mayo in the Connacht championship.

Making his debut in 2004, Moran won eight Connacht titles and two Allianz Leagues during a 16-year inter-county career which saw him contest six All-Ireland finals.