Manchester United coach Kieran McKenna to be named as Ipswich’s new manager as Portsmouth's rivals close in on Paul Cook replacement

Manchester United coach Kieran McKenna is close to becoming Ipswich’s new manager.

By Mark McMahon
Thursday, 16th December 2021, 4:38 pm

The 35-year-old is in advanced talks with the Tractor Boys and a deal could be done by the weekend, the PA news agency is reporting.

McKenna was part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s coaching team at Old Trafford and stayed on after the Norwegian was sacked in November.

Highly-rated United coach Martyn Pert is also expected to join McKenna at Portman Road as his assistant.

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McKenna played for Tottenham’s academy before a hip injury ended his career early and he was part of Spurs’ youth coaching set-up before moving to Old Trafford, initially working with the Under-18s, and was promoted to the first team by Jose Mourinho in 2018.

Ipswich sacked former Pompey boss Paul Cook last week after just nine months in charge with the club 12th League One, nine points adrift of the play-offs.

They were dumped out of the FA Cup on Wednesday, losing 2-0 at Sky Bet League Two Barrow.

Former defender John McGreal was placed in interim charge and has drawn one and lost two of his three games.

Kieran McKenna was part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's coaching set up at Manchester United. Picture: PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images