ipswich town, ‘Not an ordinary thing’ – Ipswich Town boss Kieran McKenna quizzed on Chelsea, Brighton links

‘Not an ordinary thing’ – Ipswich Town boss Kieran McKenna quizzed on Chelsea, Brighton links

Ipswich Town are heading for the Premier League and manager Kieran McKenna’s role in their remarkable rise has seen him draw plenty of attention.

The Portman Road gig is the Northern Irishman’s first senior role in the dugout having previously spent time in the youth setups and backroom teams at Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.

ipswich town, ‘Not an ordinary thing’ – Ipswich Town boss Kieran McKenna quizzed on Chelsea, Brighton links
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Such success with the Tractor Boys has led to plenty of speculation over his future, with the newly-vacant posts at Chelsea and Brighton making headlines in recent days.

McKenna has been regularly linked with the Seagulls as a potential Roberto De Zerbi replacement and with Chelsea said to be eyeing a young coach to take Mauricio Pochettino’s place, the Ipswich Town boss is among those rumoured to be in the reckoning.

Now though, speaking to Sky Sports at Tuesday night’s LMA awards show – where he was crowned manager of the year ahead of Pep Guardiola and Mikel Arteta – McKenna has acknowledged the rumours.

The Ipswich Town manager stressed these things are an inevitability though, saying:

“When you do well as a manager or as a player there’s always going to be speculation and I know what we have achieved is not an ordinary thing, so of course there’s going to be speculation.

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“That’s not where my focus is, tonight is about what we’ve achieved last season, what we’ve achieved over the last couple of seasons. Not just myself, but everyone at the football club.

“It’s been a wonderful couple of years so tonight’s about celebrating that.

“I know everyone is looking forward to next season and I know that the club is going to be in a really good place going into that season.”

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ipswich town, ‘Not an ordinary thing’ – Ipswich Town boss Kieran McKenna quizzed on Chelsea, Brighton links

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No ordinary achievement

McKenna is certainly right in highlighting just how impressive Ipswich Town and their double promotion is. Many backed them to succeed upon their return to the Championship, but few saw them going all the way to finish 2nd.

As such, perhaps it’s no surprise that the man at the front of the charge up the leagues is drawing interest from top clubs.

ipswich town, ‘Not an ordinary thing’ – Ipswich Town boss Kieran McKenna quizzed on Chelsea, Brighton links
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The Tractor Boys will be hopeful of holding onto their manager but it looks as though we’re in for a real managerial merry-go-round this summer.

So, given just what McKenna has done at Portman Road, speculation is inevitable. Only time will tell if it comes to anything though, with Town sure to fight tooth and nail to hold onto their boss.

Heading for the top

There’s little debate when discussing the future and trajectory of McKenna.

He seems destined to manage at the top of the game in the years to come and persisting links with the likes of Chelsea and Brighton highlight that. Their interest means he might get there sooner rather than later, though Ipswich Town won’t want to lose him just yet.

The fact he’ll be managing in the Premier League anyway if Chelsea or Brighton moves don’t come to the fore might give Ipswich hope of keeping him for the time being.

The lure of such clubs could be strong though, and with teams looking for appointments soon, the matter may be resolved one way or another sooner rather than later.

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