Updated at 21.45
JASON RYAN WAS tonight ratified as the new Kildare senior football manager.
Ryan’s appointment as the Lilywhites boss was rubber stamped at a meeting of the Kildare county board.
The meeting had been scheduled for last Tuesday night but was deferred to tonight instead.
Ryan had been the front runner for the position and Kildare GAA confirmed earlier today that he was to be put forward for ratification.
Ryan will succeed Kieran McGeeney, whose six-year tenure controversially ended last month after he lost a ballot by county delegates by a single vote.
Waterford native Ryan will be highly familiar with the Kildare players as he was coach alongside McGeeney for the 2013 campaign.
Prior to that Ryan had established himself through his role as Wexford senior football manager, a position he filled for five seasons between 2008 and 2012.
They reached two Leinster football finals during that time frame but lost out to Dublin on both occasions in 2008 and 2011 in Croke Park.
Kildare have been drawn in the quarter-finals of next year’s Leinster senior football championship where they will meet the winners of Westmeath and Louth who clash in the opening round.
Originally published at 19.00.Also Read