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Ipswich Town column: Why would Kieran McKenna leave the Blues to join Brighton?





Ipswich Town are the only Premier League football club in East Anglia. That feels nice to say. I must also confess that proceedings at Elland Road last Thursday were equally as pleasing to witness. That said, Town are in a different league now (literally) and it’s time for us to get excited and prepare for what next season will look like for our football club.

22 years is a long time in any walk of life, but 22 years in football feels like an eternity. So much has changed since Town were last in the top flight. Technology introduced, new styles implemented, as well as a gigantic influx of cash pumped into the game.

We’re going to need to spend money, of course we are, but as we know with this ownership, not a single penny will be wasted on the wrong type of signing. I cannot wait to see what these next few months bring.

Ipswich Town columnist Joey Sadler does not see why Kieran McKenna would join Brighton over remaining at the Blues.
Ipswich Town columnist Joey Sadler does not see why Kieran McKenna would join Brighton over remaining at the Blues.

One man who obviously needs to stay is Kieran McKenna. Brighton have parted ways with Roberto De Zerbi and understandably now look towards McKenna to replace him. Why wouldn’t they? The Seagulls have had great success in recent years by appointing young, talented managers and I’d go as far as saying McKenna is the best one out there right now.

If Town hadn’t have gone up, I would have been worried. But I really can’t see why he would leave Town now, without giving the top flight a crack with us first.

Yes, Brighton have had success in recent years, but I’d argue all day long that Ipswich Town are a bigger football club. Which, if McKenna stays and continues to be successful at, would be a much bigger story.

Ipswich Town manager Kieran McKenna has been linked with a move to Brighton. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Ipswich Town manager Kieran McKenna has been linked with a move to Brighton. Picture: Barry Goodwin

We’re not going to keep hold of Kieran forever, I think we all know that, but I’m confident that we get another year out of him at the top level at least.

This is my last column now until the new season. Dreams have been made over these last two years, and let’s just all sit back, reflect and enjoy whatever ride is now in store for us over the next.

Have a lovely summer and see you next season, as a supporter of a Premier League football club.