Jason Ryan is the new Kildare senior football manager after being ratified at a meeting of the county board this evening.
The 37-year-old replaces Kieran McGeeney who was voted out by the county board narrowly last month.
Ryan has been handed a three-year deal to turn the Lilywhites fortunes around.
His first championship tie will see his side take on the winners of Louth and Westmeath in a Leinster quarter-final.
Ryan spent five years with Wexford before being brought in as assistant to Kieran McGeeney last December.
The county board confirmed this evening that 10 people had been short listed for the position and three had been approached.
Former Kerry boss Jack O'Connor and Kevin McStay, who led Roscommon side St Brigid's to the All-Ireland club title this year, are understood to have been the other candidates approached.
By Cormac Byrne