Kieran McKenna set to hand Ipswich Town major boost as he nears new deal

A picture of Ipswich Town manager Kieran McKenna
-Credit: (Image: Nigel French/PA Wire)


Ipswich boss Kieran McKenna is set to commit his future to the club by signing a new contract, according to PA news agency. Despite being tipped as a potential successor to Mauricio Pochettino at Chelsea and linked with Manchester United, it seems McKenna is staying put at Portman Road with the finer details of his new deal are reportedly being finalised.

McKenna's managerial prowess was recognised when he was named the League Managers Association's manager of the year after leading Ipswich back to the Premier League following a 22-year absence. This marked a second consecutive promotion for the 38-year-old since taking the reins in December 2021.

It's believed that McKenna was on a three-man shortlist for the Chelsea job, alongside Brentford's Thomas Frank and Enzo Maresca, who guided Leicester to the Sky Bet Championship title. Reports suggest Maresca is now the frontrunner for the Stamford Bridge role.

Read next: Coleraine remain tight-lipped as Dean Shiels set to replace Oran Kearney in Showgrounds hot seat

Read next: Conor Bradley high up on departing Liverpool coach's wish list at new club

Former Manchester United youth coach McKenna was also linked with the vacant position at Brighton and Erik ten Hag's role, despite the Dutchman leading his side to a Manchester derby FA Cup final victory on Saturday. However, Ipswich supporters can breathe a sigh of relief as their manager looks set to reaffirm his commitment to the club. McKenna signed a four-year deal last summer which runs until 2027.

Sign up to our free sports newsletter to get the latest headlines to your inbox