Kieran McKenna out of the running for Chelsea job as managerial hunt takes new twist

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Kieran McKenna will not be taking over at Stamford Bridge after reports confirmed Chelsea are no longer considering him to replace Mauricio Pochettino. The Fermanagh man was said to be a frontrunner for the job to replace Pochettino following his success at Ipswich Town.

The 38-year-old has led the Tractor Boys to the Premier League after back-to-back promotions from League One. As such a number of top clubs are said to be keen to bring McKenna on board including the Blues and his former side Manchester United.

But it now seems McKenna has dropped out of the running for the Chelsea job with former Brighton manager Roberto de Zerbi, Leicester's Enzo Maresca and Brentford's Thomas Frank now leading the race. The Blues are hopeful of making an appointment by next week.

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McKenna has also been linked with a return to Manchester United as doubts were raised about the future of Erik ten Hag. Last week Sky Sports said initial conversations have taken with new Manchester United chief executive Omar Berrada and technical director Jason Wilcox and McKenna's representatives.

However, ten Hag may now stay at Old Trafford following United's FA Cup win over rivals Man City on Saturday. Brighton are another Premier League club who are keen on McKenna as they look to replace De Zerbi.

Any club who look to prise the Northern Irishman away from Ipswich though will have to play the newly-promoted side compensation with the fee reported to be at least £4m. McKenna's current deal at Portman Road runs to 2027, and while Ipswich are keen for him to extend his stay there it is believed he is unlikely to agree to renew his contract.

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