Derek Lyng has been ratified as the new Kilkenny senior hurling manager at a County Board meeting on Thursday night.
The Emeralds clubman led the county’s U20 team to All-Ireland glory earlier this year following a defeat of Limerick in the decider.
Niall Bergin has taken over the reigns as U17 manager.
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A statement from the Kilkenny County Board read: “Following Thursday night’s meeting of Kilkenny County Board, Derek Lyng has been ratified as the Kilkenny senior hurling manager.
“A three-year term has been agreed. Selectors and backroom team will be confirmed later.
“Niall Bergin has been ratified as U-17 manager for the season ahead, while the process of appointing a U-20 manager will now begin.
“Kilkenny County Board wishes Derek and Niall the very best of luck during the season ahead.”
As a player, Lyng won six All-Ireland titles, nine Leinster championships and five National Hurling League medals during a period of unequalled dominance for the Cats.
A key player under Brian Cody during the 2000s, he will now be tasked with succeeding the 11-time All-Ireland winning manager.
The managerial vacancy came about for the first time since 1998 following Cody’s decision to step down as manager last month.
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He was a selector with the Kilkenny senior team from 2013-2019 in which he was part of a management team that won consecutive All-Irelands in 2014 and 2015.
The new manager will now be able to view the players available for selection across the county as the local senior, intermediate and junior leagues continue throughout August.