Kieran McKenna named Ipswich manager after leaving Man Utd to take up first boss role

MANCHESTER UNITED coach Kieran McKenna has been named the new boss of Ipswich.

McKenna has agreed a 3½-year deal with the League One club. 

The Tractor Boys have been looking for a successor to Paul Cook, who was fired this month.

McKenna, 35, has never managed a club before but will start on Monday.

He said: "Leaving a club like United was a difficult decision but I believe in the opportunity to build something here.

"It feels like the right time, project and club to make my first step into first-team management. I cannot wait to get to work."

The Northern Irishman was in charge of United's Under-18s but was promoted to a first-team role under Jose Mourinho in 2018.

He kept that place under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. 

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But McKenna's influence has lessened recently following the appointment of former New York Red Bulls coach Chris Armas to Ralf Rangnick's staff.

Ipswich currently sit 12th in the table with seven wins so far this season.

They were relegated from the Championship at the end of the 2018-19 campaign after finishing bottom with just 31 points.

They placed 11th last season after ex-boss Cook took over from Paul Lambert.

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