McKenna ‘thought of preferring’ Chelsea over Brighton, but Manchester United complicates the situation

Kieran McKenna looks set to leave Ipswich Town after leading them to back-to-back promotions, up to the Premier League from League One in twenty-four months, but where he might end up is less clear at the moment.

Chelsea appear to be in a prime position at the moment, with the LMA Manager of the Year topping our list and “we think he prefers us” to Brighton & Hove Albion. But as the Telegraph reports, a decision is unlikely to be made until after the FA Cup final and the fate of Manchester United’s head coach job.

United are expected to sack Erik ten Hag after the final, and could then try to sign McKenna, who used to be their youth academy coach and occasionally also a first-team assistant before striking out on his own.

Chelsea’s secondary options include Pep Guardiola-like Enzo Maresca, who won the Championship with Leicester City, and bubblegum enthusiast Thomas Frank, who looks destined to fail in a bigger job after nearly relegating Brentford. Both have higher compensation clauses in their contracts than McKenna’s 4 million in Ipswich. With Sebastian Hoeness and Míchel seemingly out of the running, the fourth name on our list is a mystery at the moment, but it’s probably not Roberto De Zerbi just yet.

“The process is expected to continue next week,” says the Telegraph, but Chelsea want to be “in a position to arrange an appointment in early June, if not slightly earlier, with sporting directors Paul Winstanley and Laurence Stewart.” working twenty-four hours a day.”

I’m sure you can practically see the steam rising from Stamford Bridge, with the think tank working overtime on their latest foolproof master plan.

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