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Ipswich Town CEO makes claim regarding Kieran McKenna interest after Leicester, Celtic speculation

 

Mark Ashton has spoken about interest shown in Kieran McKenna prior to his recent long-term contract extension

Ipswich Town CEO Mark Ashton has confirmed that the club received interest in Kieran McKenna before the manager penned a new long-term contract this summer.

For his work at Portman Road over the past 18 months, which led to the club’s promotion back to the Championship, McKenna has garnered a lot of praise.
Ipswich finished second in League One last season with an outstanding 98 points, just missing out on the championship to Plymouth Argyle on the final day of the season.

After the success, there was curiosity about his future, with clubs like Leicester City and Celtic in Scotland being mentioned as potential employers for the 37-year-old.

But during the off-season, McKenna put a stop to all rumors by agreeing to a new contract with the team that keeps him in charge of the Tractor Boys through the summer of 2027.

How did Kieran McKenna’s new Ipswich Town contract come about?

In a recent interview, Ashton explained how the new contract came to be.

Ipswich’s chief executive asserted that McKenna wanted to make sure his principles and those of the club were compatible and that a new contract could be reached quickly.

According to Ashton, who spoke with East Anglian Daily Times, “We talked about a new contract right at the end of the season.”

He checked to make sure that our club’s ideals and vision were still in line and that we hadn’t altered them, which we hadn’t.

And maybe a few days after the season ended, the two of us shook hands over his new contract.

“Due to holidays etc., that takes three to four weeks to complete.

“You will have read the press.

“He was highly regarded by other clubs in the business, so I think it’s perfect timing for us to lock him down for another four years.”

Ipswich is still getting ready for life in the second tier while the transfer window is still open.

With the pursuit of Ellis Simms failing, McKenna is looking to add a new striker to his team.

Coventry City and the Everton forward, 22, have reached an agreement on an £8 million transfer fee, according to reports from the Suffolk club.

Ipswich will need to shift their focus as they prepare for life in the Championship once more.

They’ll aim to fight in the top half of the table right away to demonstrate their competitiveness.

On August 6, McKenna’s team travels to Sunderland for their first away game of the year.

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How important is Kieran McKenna to Ipswich Town?

Since taking over at Portman Road, the former Manchester United coach has done an outstanding job.

The team started off strong in the previous season to establish themselves as one of the promotion favorites, however his first half of the season only resulted in an 11th-place finish.

He has received a lot of praise for the team’s appealing aggressive football style, and he will be looking to carry that style into the second level.

The club’s long-term objective is to compete for Premier League promotion, and McKenna might be the one to lead them to that crucial next step.

After the game, boss Kieran McKenna gave us an update on the future for Panutche Camara, Elkan Baggott and Joe Pigott, which was our second most-read story of the last seven days.

Next up was CEO Mark Ashton’s chat on the popular Price of Football podcast, where he revealed that Town are likely to be among the best-financed clubs in the Championship next season.

That was followed by Stu’s look at who might miss the cut for the 25-man squad in the coming season.

 

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