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McKenna Deal Now Set to Be Confirmed Thursday
Wednesday, 29th May 2024 19:08

Town boss Kieran McKenna’s new contract is still with the lawyers and confirmation of the new deal is now expected to be confirmed on Thursday.

It’s understood there’s no panic with the long-term, more lucrative deal agreed, but with legal teams continuing to work through the fine detail.

The Blues boss was at Portman Road yesterday with a photo of him playing football on the pitch with his son having circulated on social media but is now believed to have gone abroad.

The Town manager’s future has been the subject of feverish speculation for most of the last fortnight with Brighton initially looking his likely destination before Chelsea and Manchester United also held talks with his representatives.

As reported last Wednesday, despite speaking to McKenna’s people, Leicester’s Enzo Maresca was always Chelsea’s top target and the Italian is now understood to be close to being appointed at Stamford Bridge.

The Red Devils, who beat Manchester City 2-1 in the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday, are set to hold an end-of-season review which mean their management situation - with Erik ten Hag currently still in charge - not likely to be settled for a little while yet.

Early last week, prior to Chelsea making their interest known, Brighton are understood to have thought the Blues boss was ready to join them.

As no progress was made in the following days and as the situation developed, we understand the Seagulls set a deadline of this Wednesday for the Northern Irishman to commit to a move to Sussex.

But, as was the case with Crystal Palace when they showed interest in February, a switch which it has now emerged came closer than appeared at the time, McKenna ultimately preferred to remain at Portman Road.

While the speculation regarding the other clubs continued apace, the Blues pulled out all the stops to try to keep hold of their manager with TWTD revealing on Friday that Ed Schwartz, the CEO of ORG, the US investment firm which manages funds on behalf of the Arizona Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS), the club’s majority owner, flying over from the States to hold talks with CEO Mark Ashton and McKenna.

Those talks were evidently a success and once the new contract is confirmed, Town fans will be assured that they will have their talismanic boss still in charge when they make their return to the Premier League after 22 years away in August.

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AlpineBlue added 15:08 - May 30
Alex Crook at TalkSport is smelling a rat. Starting to worry now.

Positive_Vibes added 15:16 - May 30
When we won automatic promotion, it gave us a great opportunity to use the extra time to focus on new signings we might want. Sadly this advantage has now been lost as, whoever is the Manager will want a say on who we bring in and where we need to strengthen.
Really frustrating, but I guess we should have expected it.

Orraman added 15:20 - May 30
There would appear to be more to this delay than meets the eye. In many years of following football I have never known contract talks to take so long whether players or managers. Both parties are either so far apart that it cannot be resolved or this is all just a smokescreen until Man U announce the sacking of Ten Hag.
Ipswich have been so upfront and honest about everything since MA took control but now a wall of silence. So unfair on our wonderful fans many of whom have already paid upfront for next season as well as for the players who must wonder what the hell is going on. So much hard earned goodwill being lost here

BobbyBell added 15:25 - May 30
Ask me to cross a t or dot an i and I will do it in a minute. Ask a solicitor to do the same and it takes days. If you then ask a solicitor to query something that needs clarification God only knows how long it will take,

Linkboy13 added 15:44 - May 30
Didn't say which Thursday did they. This saga has left a bitter taste in the mouth. Looks like he's waiting to see what happens at Old Trafford.

thundercat added 15:46 - May 30
What Thursday would that be then.

WhoisJimmyJuan added 15:52 - May 30
I'm told his agents are Hassan Kachloul and Ian Crook.

Cervantes added 16:01 - May 30
Itfc site is claiming KMc has signed a new 4 year contract.

Len_Brennan added 16:01 - May 30
Here we go ...

JackSwan added 16:02 - May 30
He's signed. It's official!

Linkboy13 added 19:07 - May 30
It's official on Friday honest.

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