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Ipswich boss Kieran McKenna has spoken about the Chelsea job after Mauricio Pochettino was sacked


Ipswich Town manager Kieran McKenna has broken his silence on speculation linking him with the Chelsea job.

McKenna led Ipswich to successive Premier League promotions and was crowned League Managers Association Manager of the Year on Tuesday night.

He has been mentioned as a possible candidate for Chelsea following the axing of Mauricio Pochettino.

Pochettino left Stamford Bridge by ‘mutual consent’ after just one season, despite guiding them to sixth with stellar form to finish the campaign.

«When you’re doing well as a manager or a player, there’s always speculation,» McKenna told Sky Sports.

Kieran McKenna has broken his silence after being linked with the vacant Chelsea job

“I know what we’ve achieved is not a common thing, so of course there will be speculation.

“But that’s not where my focus is. Tonight is about what we achieved last season (and) over the last few seasons, not just me but everyone at the football club.

«It’s been a wonderful couple of years, so tonight is about celebrating that.

“I know everyone is looking forward to next season and the club will be in a really good place that season.

McKenna’s name has been tossed around for several big jobs following his success at Ipswich.

He was appointed at Portman Road in December 2021 with Ipswich 12th in League One.

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The 38-year-old is the first Championship boss to win the LMA Manager of the Year gong in 18 years, beating Pep Guardiola and Mikel Arteta.

He was named as a candidate for the Manchester United and Brighton jobs.

Mauricio Pochettino was ripped apart on Tuesday night after guiding Chelsea to sixth place this season

McKenna was crowned the League Managers Association manager of the year on Tuesday night

United are said to have made initial contact with McKenna and co-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe is expected to make a decision on Erik ten Hag’s future this summer.

Chelsea are said to be looking for a young manager to take over the reins in the coming days.

Mail Sport have put together a list of seven potential future Chelsea bosses, including McKenna, Thomas Tuchel (yes, a return), Vincent Kompany and Thomas Frank.

German outlet BILD reported on Tuesday evening that Hansi Flick, the former boss of Champions League winners Bayern Munich, was interested in the job and had been the subject of talk on the Chelsea board in the past.



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