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Manchester United reportedly ‘pondering a move’ for Ipswich Town boss Kieran McKenna





Manchester United are ‘pondering a move’ for Ipswich Town manager Kieran McKenna if the Red Devils boss, Erik ten Hag, leaves this summer, according to reports.

The 38-year-old has done nothing short of a sublime job at Portman Road since his arrival in December 2021, guiding the Blues to back-to-back promotions and ending a 22-year wait for Town fans to see their side compete in the Premier League.

His magic has caught the eyes of sides in the top flight, claim The Guardian, with Brighton and Brentford also reportedly showing an interest in the Blues boss.

Ipswich Town manager Kieran McKenna spoke about how much he loves working at the club following their promotion to the Premier League. Picture: Russell Claydon
Ipswich Town manager Kieran McKenna spoke about how much he loves working at the club following their promotion to the Premier League. Picture: Russell Claydon

The national newspaper claim McKenna, who was part of the Manchester United’s coaching staff for six years, is ‘highly regarded by the United ­hierarchy’ and that initial contact is believed to have been made between the Reds and the Town boss’ representatives.

It is understood that the Northern Irishman, who signed a new four-year deal with the Blues in June 2023, rejected an approach from Crystal Palace in February.

Speaking immediately after Town’s promotion was sealed with a 2-0 victory at home to Huddersfield Town, McKenna said: "I love it here, it's a fantastic club, I'm so proud to be the manager of this football club and I've worked so hard at it every day.

Manchester United have reportedly made initial contact with Kieran McKenna’s representatives. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Manchester United have reportedly made initial contact with Kieran McKenna’s representatives. Picture: Barry Goodwin

“I give so much of myself. I’m just so focused on enjoying that journey.

“That sort of speculation’s been there for the last two years, to be honest, and I’ve shown loyalty to the club through that.

“I'm really pleased that I've stuck with it and how we've achieved what we have achieved. There are some big and exciting steps to come for the football club.”