Kevin Ryan has been named as the new manager of the Antrim senior hurling side.

The appointment of the former Carlow boss was ratified at a county board meeting last night.

Ryan takes over the post after a turbulent 2012 campaign for the Saffron county that saw previous manager Jerry Wallace step down after the shock championship defeat to Westmeath.

The side subsequently were well beaten by Limerick in the All-Ireland qualifiers, but they did retain their Ulster title with a win over Derry.

Following Ryan's appointment, a spokesperson for the Antrim county board said: "Kevin is very clear about where he believes Antrim should be and how we can improve on our current position.

"Everyone in Antrim has high hopes for the hurling team and we all want success.

"Kevin has the best wishes of everyone in the county and we are looking forward to the new season."

Kevin Ryan's backroom team will be named in the coming weeks.