Kieran McKenna on why he snubbed Manchester United and Chelsea

Photo showing Kieran McKenna who is staying at Ipswich Town
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Kieran McKenna has expressed his delight at committing to Ipswich Town despite having had his head turned by interest from Manchester United and Chelsea.

The Northern Ireland man became a sought-after name after leading Ipswich to the Premier League with back-to-back promotions.

Former club Manchester United, Chelsea and Brighton and Hove Albion were all interested, but despite the allure of all three clubs, McKenna has put pen-to-paper on a lucrative new four-year contract, rumoured to be worth around £6 million per season.

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The 38-year-old tactician was flattered by the interest but ultimately decided to stay put, especially after productive discussions about Ipswich's vision and ambition. These talks were bolstered by a visit from majority shareholder Ed Schwartz and chief executive Mark Ashton last week.

McKenna said: "I'm aware of it. It's part and parcel of success, there's been interest from other clubs and it's a short career as a manager. It's right to consider things but I'm so, so happy with the decision I've made.

"I am extremely proud to have signed a new contract with the club. We have enjoyed incredible success together over the last two seasons and I'm excited to have the opportunity and responsibility of leading this fantastic club into its first season in the Premier League in 22 years.

"Preparation and planning for the challenge ahead has been ongoing since we won promotion at the beginning of May, with plenty of work still to do before the start of the new season at what is such an exciting time for everyone at the club. I am so happy to have committed my future to taking the next step with Ipswich Town and I am really excited for what's ahead as we continue this journey together."

Assistant manager Martyn Pert plus first-team coaches Charlie Turnbull and Lee Grant, along with Rene Gilmartin, the Head of Goalkeeping, have also renewed their contracts, reports the Mirror.

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