Jason Ryan is the new manager of the Kildare senior footballers after his nomination was ratified at a meeting of the county board on Tuesday night.

Ryan, who has been handed an initial one-year deal, worked as an assistant to former Lilywhites manager Kieran McGeeney this year before club delegates called time on McGeeney's reign.

The Waterford native managed Wexford for five seasons, guiding them to two Leinster final appearances and an All-Ireland semi-final where they lost out to eventual champions Tyrone in 2008.

Ryan is understood to have seen off competition for the role from former Mayo All Star and RTÉ pundit Kevin McStay, who took Roscommon club St Brigid’s to All-Ireland club glory this season.