Next Chelsea manager odds: Kieran McKenna among favourites for Blues job

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Mauricio Pochettino has left Chelsea 'by mutual consent' -Credit:Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

Kieran McKenna has emerged as one of the favourites to succeed Mauricio Pochettino at Chelsea. The Stamford Bridge club are on the hunt for a new boss following Pochettino's shock exit 'by mutual consent'.

Northern Ireland man McKenna has overseen Ipswich Town's incredible return to the Premier League following a 22-year absence. They won back-to-back promotions since the 38-year-old took over as boss back in December 2021.

McKenna's achievements were recognised on Tuesday night when he was presented with the League Managers Association Manager of the Year. He beat off Manchester City's Pep Guardiola and Arsenal's Mikel Arteta to claim the prestigious gong.

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Chelsea isn't the only club McKenna is being linked with. He is also at the head of the betting to become Brighton and Hove Albion's new boss.

McKenna - who was born in London but raised in Northern Ireland - has also been linked with a return to Manchester United, where he was first-team coach until he left to join Ipswich in 2021.

He is 7/1 to become Chelsea's new manager, behind current favourite Roberto De Zerbi (5/2) and Sebastian Hoeness (6/1). McKenna is also 2/1 to become Brighton's new manager, behind Francesco Farioli (11/10).

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Kieran McKenna -Credit:Getty Images

Reacting to the speculation, McKenna told Sky Sports: “Look, the club has had such a positive season and has such a positive future ahead. We’ve achieved so much, it’s been an incredible two years. When you have success like that there always comes speculation and things like that, we’ve seen that every summer.

“But I know how much everyone is looking forward to the season, the club is in a fantastic path and everyone is just really looking forward to the season ahead.

“I know what we’ve achieved isn’t a normal thing so there’s always going to be speculation. But that’s not where my focus is… tonight is about what we’ve achieved over the last couple of seasons.

“It’s been a wonderful couple of years so tonight is about celebrating that. I know everyone is looking forward to next season and I know the club is going to be in a really good place going into that season.”

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