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David Ornstein: Sir Jim Ratcliffe wants a young manager but Kieran McKenna chase “not expected to develop” – Man United News And Transfer News

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David Ornstein: Sir Jim Ratcliffe wants a young manager but Kieran McKenna chase “not expected to develop” – Man United News And Transfer News


Manchester United co-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe reportedly wants a young and upcoming coach to potentially replace Erik ten Hag but it’s unlikely to be Ipswich Town boss Kieran McKenna.

It’s looking increasingly likely that Ten Hag will be sacked once the season ends and United continue to be strongly linked with a number of top coaches that could succeed the Dutchman.

One of these is McKenna, who previously served as a coach at Old Trafford at youth level before being promoted to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s backroom staff when the Norwegian was in the dugout.

McKenna secured Premier League promotion with the Tractor Boys on the final matchday of the Championship season – a feat which has earned him rave reviews.

The 38-year-old tactician was named Ipswich boss in December 2021 and guided them to finish in 11th position in League One. He led them to promotion to England’s second division the season after and now they’re in the top flight.

It’s not just the back-to-back promotions that have earned McKenna admiration and widespread plaudits. It’s also his fantastic style of play.

The North Irishman’s brand of football emphasises possession and keeping the ball while fearlessly playing on the front foot.

A recent report covered by The Peoples Person relayed that amidst United’s interest in him, the Red Devils established contact with the manager’s agent to explore the possibility of him assuming the hot seat.

It was stated that McKenna would relish the opportunity to manage United.

However, Ornstein has poured cold water on the prospect of McKenna taking over from Ten Hag.

The Athletic journalist pointed out, “I imagine he [McKenna] is among many names they are looking at if they undertake a managerial change.”

“McKenna is young (which is something I hear Sir Jim Ratcliffe is keen on should Man Utd need to make an appointment), has (been) doing fantastically well at Ipswich and has close ties to the club.”

“But from the checks I’ve made, there has been no movement from Man Utd towards McKenna and at present the prospect is not expected to develop.”

The situation is certainly one for supporters to keep an eye on.

Meanwhile, United return to action on Sunday when they take on Brighton in their final match of what has been a disappointing and underwhelming campaign.


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