Kieran McKenna

League One side Ipswich City has appointed Manchester United first-team coach Kieran McKenna as the new manager. 

McKenna joins Ipswich on a three-and-a-half-year as a permanent coach, replacing Paul Cook. The 35-year-old joined the Red Devils as Under-18s coach and was later promoted to the first-team staff under former manager Jose Mourinho.

“It has been a great honour to work for Manchester United for the last five years. When I arrived as Under-18s lead coach in 2016, I had the privilege to work within a world-leading youth development system, coaching excellent talent in a truly fantastic environment,” McKenna told United official website.

“I’ll always be grateful to Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. I have learnt so much during the past four years and it was a pleasure to be part of such a dedicated group of staff. I would like to thank Ralf Rangnick, I have really enjoyed the short time I have worked with him and I really appreciate his understanding throughout this process.

“From the start of my coaching career, it has always been my ultimate ambition to move into football management and I now have a fantastic opportunity to do that at Ipswich Town, an amazing club with a fantastic history.

“I want to thank the staff and players that I have worked with over the years and, of course, wish Ralf and this incredible club all the best for the future.”

Martyn Pert is also joining Ipswich as the assistant manager.


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