Kieran McKenna: Manchester United meet Ipswich manager’s representatives amid Chelsea interest | football news

Manchester United and Chelsea face a possible battle for their new coach after Sky Sports News It emerged that United officials met with representatives of Ipswich Town manager Kieran McKenna.

It is now clear that both Man Utd and Chelsea have McKenna on their shortlist of potential candidates, although United have yet to decide whether to stick with Erik ten Hag next season.

McKenna is one of three names Chelsea are considering to replace Mauricio Pochettino, who left by mutual agreement earlier this week, along with the Brentford man. Thomas Frank and Leicester City Enzo Maresca.

But the news that Manchester United have also made initial approaches to McKenna, should they decide to change managers after this weekend’s FA Cup final, has added a complex new dimension to the situation.

McKenna is joined on United’s four-man squad by Pochettino and former Bayern Munich boss Thomas Tuchel, who are free agents, along with Frank.

If United lost to Manchester City at Wembley, there would be no European football at Old Trafford next season after finishing eighth in the Premier League.

Sky Sports News McKenna’s representatives are said to have met with new Manchester United chief executive Omar Berrada and technical director Jason Wilcox last week where the possibility of him taking charge of the first team was discussed.

Manchester United declined to comment when contacted by Sky Sports News.

The club’s focus is on the FA Cup final, with no decisions made before then, and the season will be reviewed after the game against City.

Meanwhile, SSN understands that Ipswich want McKenna to stay and lead the club on its return to the Premier League.

Ten Hag’s focus on FA Cup glory not his future

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Sky Sports Melissa Reddy says Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag’s future was the ‘definitive topic’ at her FA Cup press conference

Ten Hag recently said he is confident “common sense” will prevail when his bosses decide whether to keep him as manager. He also said on Thursday that his only goal is to win the FA Cup rather than talk about the potential of it being his last game as Manchester United manager.

United are looking to salvage a poor season marred by injuries by beating neighbors City at Wembley. They bowed out of Europe before Christmas and limped home in eighth place, their lowest finish in the Premier League, as speculation continues over manager Ten Hag’s future.

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Ten Hag is only worried about the job ahead of him in the FA Cup final, while rumors about his future at the club are addressed.

When asked about some people suggesting this weekend’s final could be his last game as United manager, Ten Hag chuckled and said: “I have nothing to say.

“I’m just concentrating on the job I have to do and that is first to win the game on Saturday and then we’ll be on the project. Move forward on the project.”

Ten Hag’s Man Utd future remains ‘uncertain’ ahead of FA Cup

Melissa Reddy, senior reporter at Sky Sports News:

“Ten Hag’s pre-FA Cup final press conference was mainly about him. It was the definitive press conference and understandably so because speculation about his future has dominated virtually the entire season.

“With the last game of this campaign against Manchester City now on the horizon, speculation is going to increase a little and the fact that there have been managerial changes that have changed the landscape, in particular Thomas Tuchel deciding not to stay at Bayern Munich and Mauricio Pochettino, much admired by INEOS, leaves Chelsea.

“There’s a lot of talk about Ten Hag’s future, but he didn’t want to get involved in that.

“I felt he took Thursday’s press conference as an opportunity to remind the audience of what he did at Man Utd, that he came to the club to win trophies, won and took the club to two FA Cup finals.

“This also comes amid a huge injury crisis and all the off-field turbulence he’s had to deal with, like the acquisition process that really dragged out and caused a lot of uncertainty behind the scenes. “There’s also been a revamp of the club staff, which has also created a feeling of uncertainty.

“He feels that despite all that, and a bad season, he still got this chance to win the silver medal.”

‘Man Utd and Chelsea have McKenna as a serious contender’

McKenna has also been linked to Brighton’s work.

Rob Dorsett, senior reporter at Sky Sports News:

“It’s really significant news because we’ve been talking a lot about the Ipswich Town manager in recent weeks, not least because he got the Championship team promoted to the Premier League, way beyond their expectations, but he’s been linked with Chelsea’s job.

“Two of Manchester United’s main creators, two of the members of the Manchester United hierarchy, new chief executive Omar Berrada and technical director Jason Wilcox, have met with representatives of Ipswich Town manager Kieran McKenna.

“That happened last week and it clearly shows how highly rated Kieran McKenna is at the moment – the fact that two of the biggest clubs in Europe and world football, Manchester United and Chelsea, have him on their radar, both have him as a serious contender.

“In the case of Chelsea, who are looking for a successor to Mauricio Pochettino, and in the case of Manchester United, if they want to change managers after the FA Cup final this weekend, one wonders how crucial that could be. cup final for Erik ten Hag.

“Remember, the team finished eighth in the Premier League under his management this season. If they don’t win the FA Cup, they won’t have European football next season. Could that be the deciding factor in whether he stays as manager or not?”

Appointment with Chelsea expected next week | Frank, Maresca, McKenna in painting

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Sky Sports News’ Kaveh Solhekol reveals the leading contenders to replace Mauricio Pochettino as Chelsea boss.

Chelsea are looking for a new boss and are expected to name a new manager by the end of next week.

The main candidates are Frank, maresca and McKenna. All three men are considered to have the right attributes for the job. Frank is admired for the work he has done at Brentford, McKenna for his achievements at Ipswich Town and his experience as a manager at Manchester United.

Maresca, Leicester coach, attracts above all for his style of play and, like Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta, he worked with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.

There is also a high-profile mystery name being considered to replace Mauricio Pochettino. Chelsea have also looked at a small number of other names, including Sebastian Honess – the Stuttgart coach – and Roberto De Zerbi.

Chelsea’s new manager will sign a contract that will be longer than the two-year deal Pochettino agreed to last summer.

Chelsea co-sporting directors Paul Winstanley and Laurence Stewart are working on drawing up a final list of recommended candidates. The final decision on the new manager will be made by Chelsea’s ownership group, which includes co-owners Behdad Eghbali and Todd Boehly.

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