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Chelsea might now appoint rising £12.8 million Kieran McKenna various


Journalist Dean Jones has recommended that Chelsea might nonetheless appoint a £12.8 million various to Ipswich City boss Kieran McKenna, who’s at present seen as a number one candidate.

McKenna seen as a favorite to exchange Pochettino at Chelsea

Widespread stories have indicated to be careful for the Northern Irishman’s potential change to Stamford Bridge, as it’s believed that McKenna is certainly among the many main contenders to exchange Mauricio Pochettino.

Following back-to-back promotions at Portman Street, taking them from League One to the Premier League in simply two seasons, the 38-year-old’s popularity is sky-high proper now – attracting consideration from prime golf equipment.

Brighton have shortlisted McKenna as a candidate to succeed Roberto De Zerbi as nicely, and a report by dependable information outlet The Normal has claimed that he’s prepared for the subsequent step up from Portman Street.

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McKenna has apparently given Chelsea the green-light to strategy him, however will command a compensation charge north of £4 million. Chelsea chiefs additionally imagine McKenna has the skillset to succeed Pochettino as nicely.

“As quickly because the information broke that Mauricio Pochettino was leaving, Kieran McKenna was the identify that was being most commonly talked about amongst those that I converse to which are usually within the know,” mentioned reporter Jones in one other interview with GiveMeSport.

“It will be an enormous leap from being at Ipswich however, in fact, he does have big-club expertise from his time at Manchester United, so it won’t really feel as formidable to him as it would to some other 38-year-old rising boss.


“Chelsea have among the finest younger squads in world soccer. They simply want somebody to carry all of it collectively, and so they imagine that McKenna has the talents to do this.”

Nonetheless, that is not to say he’s the standout favorite by a mile, as Chelsea’s shortlist remains to be fairly lengthy. Todd Boehly, Behdad Eghbali and co are additionally admirers of Brentford boss Thomas Frank and Leicester Metropolis supervisor Enzo Maresca – with the latter beating McKenna to final season’s Championship title

Chelsea might nonetheless appoint Ruben Amorim as McKenna various

Talking to GMS once more, Jones has shed some gentle on Sporting Lisbon boss Ruben Amorim and whether or not he stays a candidate for the job.

The Portuguese, who has a £12.8 million launch clause in his contract in accordance with The Telegraph, has been closely linked earlier than and will make the transfer to Stamford Bridge. Certainly, Amorim may nonetheless change Pochettino at Chelsea.

“I used to be at all times advised that whereas Kieran McKenna is a number one candidate, others had been nonetheless within the body. I’ve been beginning to hear Ruben Amorim’s identify talked about extra all through Wednesday,” mentioned Jones.

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“It was final month the membership denied paying for his flight to London – at a time when West Ham had been him as their subsequent boss – however he’s a determine that has been on their radar for a very long time.

“Any managerial state of affairs can change shortly so, at a time when it’s the similar names being circulated and most locations enjoying down his probabilities, it would nonetheless be one to look out for rising. Let’s be sincere, it might make some sense.”

The 39-year-old guided Sporting to their twentieth Primeira Liga title final season, and likewise ended their near-20-year await a title in 2021. Consequently, he is even been referred to as “among the finest” round by Pep Guardiola.