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McKenna Nominated For Manager of the Season
Wednesday, 3rd Apr 2024 14:32

Town boss Kieran McKenna has been nominated for the EFL Championship Manager of the Season award.

The Blues boss is short-listed alongside Daniel Farke of Leeds and Hull City’s Liam Rosenior.

The winner will be announced at the EFL’s annual awards ceremony which will be held in London on Sunday 14th April.

Perhaps surprisingly, no Town players are nominated for the division’s Player of the Season gong with Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall (Leicester City), Crysencio Summerville (Leeds United) and Sammie Szmodics (Blackburn Rovers) those in the running.

The Goal of the Season award, in which Wes Burns must be a strong contender for his strike against Coventry, and the divisional select XIs will be announced on the night.

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Tommy_ITFC added 14:37 - Apr 3
He bloody deserves it

Help added 14:38 - Apr 3
Looks like they think it is all down to one man as no player nominated

RegencyBlue added 14:40 - Apr 3
I wonder who will come 2nd and 3rd between Farke and Rosenior!

Suffolkboy added 14:45 - Apr 3
It doesn’t matter if he’s the winner ; in our eyes he’s worked miracles by enthusiasm ,dedication and the greatest man management !!
ITFC and we are the truly lucky ones !
Well done KM !

JewellintheTown added 14:53 - Apr 3
We're all biased but no serious independent could argue KM getting it.

Orraman added 14:57 - Apr 3
Surely the selection of Kieran as Championship Manager of the season is a no - brainier. Yes, Farke has done a reasonable job but so he should given the advantage of a multi million pound team competing against so many clubs of more modest means. Fair play to Rosenior but he has hardly set the division on fire.
With regard to Championship Player of the year, nominating an Ipswich player would be a difficult selection as we do not have a Superstar but we do have a Supersquad where every member has played an integral part of our success this season. Their work rate, willingness to accept their part as a squad player and loyalty to each other is what has made Ipswich what they are. There is no “i” in Team. All for One and One for All!!

WiltsBlue added 14:57 - Apr 3
No question about it Manager of the season but how players in the team have we got for Goal of the season as well?... especially Burn:s

barrystedmunds added 14:58 - Apr 3
Definitely not Farke, with that squad I could’ve won the league; Rosenoir is a strange one , I’d have thought Robins at Coventry was more deserving but there’s only one winner to my mind.

Marinersnose added 15:26 - Apr 3
Leif Davis not in contention ?? Really

VanDusen added 15:27 - Apr 3
No contest - even if we don't go up. Good to see Rosenior being recognised. I think even tho we took them apart at PR, their style is one of the most attractive in the league and I don't think many would have expected them in and around the playoffs. Frankly if we did lose McKenna (which I don't think will happen until he takes up and sees where he can finish us) he might be a good fit to come back to us one day?

WubbleU added 15:42 - Apr 3
If I were Kieron I would hand it straight back when presented. If Leif isn't even worth a player of the year nomination the awards clearly aren't worth having.

Ipswichbusiness added 15:50 - Apr 3
If you think that two years ago we were a mid-table League One side and that this season we are competing against three clubs which should never have been relegated from the Prem then his achievements are huge. The problem will be keeping him. Just the other day “Football Insider” were reporting that Man Utd saw him as a future manager of them, but the article didn’t say if they saw him as a replacement for Ten Hag or something longer term.

Monkey_Blue added 16:07 - Apr 3
Forget Leeds, look at what Hull have spent Vs us. He’s a shoe in for this.

SickParrot added 16:07 - Apr 3
It's a no brainer, Keiran has to win it.

I agree with the nominations for Player of the Season and Szmodics should win it because he plays for a team near the relegation places.

The story of our amazing season is one of a super human team effort rather than about stand out individuals, so I wouldn't expect there to be many, if any, Town players in the team of the year. That said, Davis and Morsy are both worthy of inclusion.


Len_Brennan added 16:09 - Apr 3
Had the season been over & Leeds had won the league, there may be some question over whether KMcK would get it, but seeing as it isn't, there can be no doubt over him winning it.
As for the player, I tend to agree with Orraman; we are the team of the season over all division. Leif has been amazing, but so too have Summerville, Szmodics & Dewsbury-Hall, so it is a tough one to argue one of those 3 off the shortlist

Stu_boy added 16:15 - Apr 3
Farke??? Surely, he has underachieved if anything given how good Leeds squad is, it's got to be KM for me

ghostofescobar added 16:20 - Apr 3
Surely they just give it to him now?

ArnieM added 16:37 - Apr 3
He should absolutely walk it.
Absolutely NO competition!

OldFart71 added 16:47 - Apr 3
A football team is like building a house if the concrete in the footings is not up to scratch the house falls down. If the builders and carpenters, plumbers and electrician are all rubbish then the houses won't sell or the buyers will complain. ITFC after the disaster of the Evans reign have rebuilt everything. McKenna deserves huge credit, but so does the CEO, Gamechanger and all the backroom staff. Plucking McKenna, an unknown from Man Utd was a masterstroke and yes he has repaid that faith many times over. As has been said those at clubs like Leicester, Leeds and Southampton came with a massive advantage. Multi million pound squads with Premier League experience whereas we came with many who hadn't been beyond Division One, a few with Championship games and purchases and loans from Premier League fringe players. That is where and why McKenna should get manager of the year award, but a huge deal of credit also to the backroom staff.

surgery added 17:09 - Apr 3
Surely Russell Martin deserves it

Saxonblue74 added 17:13 - Apr 3
Absolutely Surgery, of course it should be Russell Martin. That said Ipswich have been "lucky" all season according to some so perhaps Kieran? Stewards enquiry if it's not!

Saxonblue74 added 17:16 - Apr 3
In terms of player of the season, although Lief has been superb I would choose our skipper ahead of him. Samy Morsy has been hugely influential in our success this season. Perhaps his "style" doesn't fit?!

WhoisJimmyJuan added 17:38 - Apr 3
According to the Daily Mail if they are to be believed - there is a clamour growing for Leif to be called up for the England squad if Luke Shaw is unfit for Euros. Bit fanciful but an indication of how Leifs stock is growing

KMcBlue added 18:53 - Apr 3
Nailed on

superblues9 added 19:27 - Apr 3
If we go up how can he not get it !?

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