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Ipswich Town's next manager betting market now includes Manchester United coach Kieran McKenna



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A new name has entered the betting market in the running to become the new manager of Ipswich Town.

The job, which has been available for 11 days following the sacking of Paul Cook, has been linked with a host of potential suitors, including Frank Lampard, Neil Harris, Neil Lennon and John Terry.

And earlier today Chelsea coach Anthony Barry was installed as the second favourite with BetVictor.

Could the Portman Road hotseat be filled by Kieran McKenna? Picture: Mark Westley
Could the Portman Road hotseat be filled by Kieran McKenna? Picture: Mark Westley

However, Manchester United coach Kieran McKenna is now in the frame and available currently as a 25/1 shot – having never previously appeared on the market.

McKenna initially joined the United coaching ranks during Jose Mourinho's stint in charge at Old Trafford and he remained in place throughout Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's tenure.

The 35-year-old is currently part of interim boss Ralf Rangnick's set-up at the club, although the German is believed to be keen on adding some of his own backroom staff.

McKenna is a well known figure to former Ipswich manager and midfielder Jim Magilton from their time working together within the Northern Ireland international coaching set-up.

Recalling those days, Magilton told the Manchester Evening News: "He is a meticulous planner yet every session is spontaneous.

"Nothing is set in stone. He adjusts the session to how the players are and gets what he wants out of the session. Everything is linked and game related. Nothing is for show – it has to be about the game."

McKenna has also had a stint coaching at Tottenham Hotspur, having been forced to retire early as a player with Spurs because of injury.