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Ipswich Town closing in on appointment of Manchester United coach Kieran McKenna as new manager



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Suffolk News understands that Kieran McKenna is the frontrunner to be appointed the next manager of Ipswich Town.

We reported yesterday how the current Manchester United coach had entered the betting market to fill the Portman Road hotseat as a 25/1 shot – having never previously appeared in the running.

And despite strong links in recent days with the likes of Neil Harris, Neil Warnock and Anthony Barry, McKenna could now be the man that is tasked with leading the Tractor Boys forward.

Ipswich Town are on the verge of appointing Kieran McKenna as the new manager. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Ipswich Town are on the verge of appointing Kieran McKenna as the new manager. Picture: Barry Goodwin

The 35-year-old was appointed to the Manchester United coaching staff during Jose Mourinho's tenure and he remained in place throughout the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer regime.

He has also been in the dugout during the early part of interim United boss Ralf Rangnick's stint at Old Trafford, with the veteran German often seen discussing tactics with McKenna.

However, we are now able to report that talks between Ipswich and McKenna have reached an advanced stage, with the Northern Irishman closing in on his first job in management.

There have been further suggestions that he could be assisted by former Ipswich manager and midfielder Jim Magilton, with the pair having previously worked together as part of the Northern Ireland international set-up.

What could also suggest that appointment is imminent is the fact that the betting market regarding the next Ipswich manager has now been suspended.