Kieran McKenna agrees deal that will end Brighton, Chelsea and Man United links

    Kieran McKenna is set to commit to a new long-term contract with Ipswich Town, talkSPORT understands.

    The 38 year-old is set to end speculation about his future having securing promotion to the Premier League with the Tractor Boys.


    McKenna is on course to commit his long-term future at IpswichCredit: Getty

    McKenna quickly became a candidate to replace Mauricio Pochettino at Chelsea, and he was also linked with a return to Manchester United.

    Brighton have also been interested in the Northern Irishman as they eye their successor to Roberto De Zerbi but now look set to miss out.

    As a result, Brighton are set to seek alternatives and they haven’t ruled out a move for former manager Graham Potter.

    Having ended Ipswich’s 22-year absence from the Premier League, McKenna is on course to commit his future at Portman Road.


    It means that the newly-promoted side have been handed a major boost as they prepare for a huge campaign ahead.

    talkSPORT reported that McKenna was no longer a candidate for the vacancy at Chelsea, who are now eyeing Leicester City’s Enzo Maresca.

    United, with whom he was previously assistant to Jose Mourinho, have also been a speculated destination amid the uncertain future of Erik ten Hag.

    McKenna was also attracting interest from Brighton but the Seagulls are now set to search elsewhere for their De Zerbi replacement.

    The 38-year-old has been linked with a move away since Ipswich's promotion


    The 38-year-old has been linked with a move away since Ipswich’s promotionCredit: Getty

    Ipswich have tasted immense success since they appointed McKenna in December 2021 when they were in League One.

    They went one step further the following year by finishing second in the third tier to return to the Championship.

    Mark Goldbridge discusses Chelsea sacking Mauricio Pochettino, Vincent Kompany to Bayern Munich and Erik Ten Hag’s future as the managerial merry-go-round continues

    Back-to-back promotions were then sealed in May when they finished second, securing their spot in the Premier League for next season.

    It will be the first time they’ve played in the top-flight since 2002, with McKenna set to remain in charge for their return.

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