Kieran McKenna and Martyn Pert leave Manchester United

Manchester United’s coaching staff is continuing to evolve under new interim manager Ralf Rangnick.

After Michael Carrick took the decision to step down as first team coach after his caretaker boss spell expires, two more former Ole Gunnar Solskjaer coaches are set to leave.

Training Ground Guru reports Kieran McKenna and Martyn Pert have both said their goodbyes and are leaving for Ipswich Town.

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McKenna is set for the role of manager at Ipswich, with Pert leaving to work under him as his assistant.

The Telegraph report Ralf Rangnick’s preference was for McKenna to stay as they ‘have got on well together’, but he understands his desire to take up a manager role for the first time.

McKenna told United’s website: “I would like to thank Ralf Rangnick, I have really enjoyed the short time I have worked with him and I really appreciate his understanding throughout this process.”

Moving towards a fresh start for United

Cleaning house from a coaching perspective is probably wise for United, however it comes about. There was a little surprise that Solskjaer’s coaches did not leave with him when he was sacked in the first place.

Now only Mike Phelan remains, and it feels like he may not be around into next season. Phelan’s role appears minimised under Rangnick, although this could change in light of McKenna’s departure.

McKenna’s exit does leave a hole, for better or worse, as he was very hands on with the coaching. The Telegraph had recently run a profile piece on him, looking at his promising coaching pedigree, while asking if Solskjaer had simply asked him to do too much, considering his relative lack of experience and the task of the job. 

United confirmed McKenna and Pert’s exits, with director of football John Murtough stating: “Kieran is a hugely talented coach who has been a real asset to the club during his time here.“

“Now he has the chance to forge his own path as a manager and everyone at Manchester United wishes him the very best.”

United’s coaching set up has seen Chris Armas join from MLS, who previously worked under Rangnick, and Sascha Lense join as psychologist. McKenna and Pert’s departures create gaps which United are likely to try and further fill, and that will be a good move, with the German coach getting to bring in who he wants, rather than settling for who he found.

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