United establish “concrete contacts” with exceptional manager making headlines, he’s excited about the job – report

It has been claimed that Manchester United and Kieran McKenna’s agent met to discuss the possibility of Erik ten Hag’s replacement at the club.

Ten Hag is under more pressure than ever after United lost to Arsenal in the Premier League for the 14th time in a row.

Despite club executives’ insistence that no decision has been taken and that a final decision about the Dutchman’s future will be made only at the end of the season, it is nearly a given that Ten Hag and United will part ways.

In the meantime, a number of managers, including Graham Potter, Thomas Tuchel, Hansi Flick, Roberto De Zerbi, Gareth Southgate, and Thomas Frank, are still being linked to United.

According to a recent report that The Peoples Person published, McKenna’s amazing job at Ipswich Town this season has put him on INEOS’s radar.

The remarkable accomplishment of leading the Tractor Boys to automatic promotion to the Premier League was the pinnacle of McKenna’s quick ascent. In the process, McKenna earned back-to-back promotions, making his team the first to do so from the third division to the English premier league since Southampton in 2012.

Ipswich has received a lot of recognition for their appealing and offensive style of football, largely because to McKenna.

From 2016 to 2018, the North Irishman was United’s U18s coach. After that, he worked in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s backroom before joining the Portman Road company in December 2021.

United has reportedly taken decisive action to have McKenna back at Old Trafford, this time as the head coach. This is according to Foot Mercato.

Although Southgate was thought to be the Red Devils’ top managerial target, the article claims that United executives are unsure of when the 53-year-old can take the reins because he will be leading England to Euro 2024 this summer.

Attention has now shifted towards appointing McKenna and it’s understood that there was a meeting in “recent days” between the club and his agent to discuss his candidature.

Foot Mercato state, “United leaders are worried about knowing when Southgate will be able to take charge of the professional team. In the event of a long journey, or even England’s coronation at the Euro, the 53-year-old tactician will not be available before mid-July.”

“Anxious to have a coach present from the start of preparation, this situation does not necessarily please the managers of Old Trafford according to our information. As a result, the name of Kieran McKenna comes up repeatedly in the north of England.”

“According to our information, the first concrete contacts have already taken place between its representatives and the leaders of Manchester United.”

Santi Aouna notes that McKenna’s “profile appeals” to the top brass at United and the tactician himself “would be excited” by the prospect of becoming the 20-time English champions’ next manager.

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