United coach Kieran McKenna set to be named as the new Ipswich boss

Manchester United first-team coach Kieran McKenna is set to be named as the new Ipswich boss, becoming the second member of Ralf Rangnick’s backroom staff to leave since his arrival after Michael Carrick

  • Kieran McKenna is in advanced talks to become the new manager of Ipswich
  • The 35-year-old is currently on Ralf Rangnick’s backroom staff at Man United
  • He was brought to Old Trafford by Jose Mourinho and stayed for Solskjaer’s reign
  • Fellow United first-team coach Martyn Pert could also join him at Portman Road 

Manchester United first-team coach Kieran McKenna is in advanced talks to take over as manager of Ipswich and is set to be joined by his Old Trafford colleage Martyn Pert, Sportsmail understands.

Should he complete the move, McKenna would be the second coach to leave the United following Rangnick’s appointment. It comes after Michael Carrick left the club earlier this month following the German’s appointment.

Ipswich, one of the top teams in England in the 1980s, are in 12th place in the third-tier League One and sacked manager Paul Cook earlier this month. 

Kieran McKenna is in advanced talks to become the new manager of Ipswich Town

The Blues have also spoken to former Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes about the vacant position at Portman Road. 

McKenna was brought to United by Jose Mourinho in 2016 and was part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s coaching staff.

However, a dismal run of results against some of United’s biggest rivals saw Solskjaer sacked, leading to the club to appoint Rangnick as the interim boss last month. 

McKenna remained on the first team coaching staff under the German. The Northern Irishman was known for his intense training sessions with the players under Solskjaer and is now looking to take his coaching methods that step further.  

Should he complete the move, McKenna (left) would be the second coach to leave the United following Ralf Rangnick’s (right) appointment as interim boss

Michael Carrick (left) left the club earlier this month, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (right) was sacked as United manager last month

McKenna, 35, had his playing career cut short by injury and began coaching at Tottenham Hotspur’s academy and with their youth teams.

McKenna was highly rated at United for his work in developing young players out of the club’s academy into the first team set-up.

Ipswich have been on the hunt for a new boss after sacking Cook last month before naming John McGreal as their interim boss shortly after.




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