Former Manchester United first-team coach Kieran McKenna sits top of League One

Former Manchester United first-team coach Kieran McKenna sits top of League One with Ipswich Town after four matches of the new campaign.

The 36-year-old took over the reins at Portman Road in mid-December despite Manchester United’s newly-appointed interim boss Ralf Rangnick wanting McKenna to stay.

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But with Michael Carrick deciding to leave the club following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking, McKenna also decided to part ways with the Red Devils.

United coach Martyn Pert left the club to join McKenna as Ipswich’s assistant manager, and after calling time on his playing career, Lee Grant also decided to link up with our former Under-18s manager, and took up the role of first-team coach with the Suffolk-based side.

Former Manchester United first-team coach Kieran McKenna sits top of League One

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Having had experience working under Rangnick, Solskjaer and Jose Mourinho, McKenna thought the time was right to embark on first senior managerial position.

During his first 23 games in charge of the Tractor Boys, having finished 11th last season on 70 points, 13 points off the play-off spots, the former Tottenham Hotspur Under-18s manager won 11, lost four and drew eight from 23 matches.

But with several coming and goings in the transfer market this summer, McKenna has started the new Football League campaign impressively.

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Having drawn the opening game of the new League One season 1-1 to fellow former Premier League side Bolton Wanderers, McKenna’s side have won their last three league games and sit top of the table with ten points.

Ipswich were knocked out of the first round of the League Cup to Colchester United but McKenna did ring the changes.

It’s very much early days in the new season, but with 42 league games remaining, McKenna has got off to an impressive start in his first full season at the helm, and he’ll be looking to build on the momentum with a win at Shrewsbury Town on Saturday.

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