Ipswich Town set Kieran McKenna asking price amid Crystal Palace speculation

Following the club’s successful start to the Championship season, the manager of Ipswich Town is drawing interest. According to Alan Nixon, luring the former Manchester United coach away from Portman Road will cost a possible new team up to £4 million.

So far this season, Ipswich have been a standout side in the Championship, with their form putting them into the race for automatic promotion.

This follows the club’s elevation from League One to the second tier in May.

Last season, McKenna led the squad to a second-place finish, restoring Ipswich to the second level after a four-year exile.

What is the most recent news on Kieran McKenna’s future?

Crystal Palace, a Premier League club, had earlier stated that McKenna was on their shortlist of potential new managers.

While Roy Hodgson is doing a terrific job with the London club, the Eagles are planning for a time after the 76-year-old, knowing that he will likely retire shortly.

Ipswich Town boss Kieran McKenna felt reducing squad size was important

However, Palace may not be the only team interested in hiring McKenna in the near future.

While no other teams have emerged as a possible next destination, the team’s outstanding performance in the Championship is certain to draw attention.

In that case, the Ipswich management is already planning forward and has set a price on his head.

In that event, the Ipswich hierarchy are already thinking ahead and have placed a price tag on his head.

It will cost any interested parties up to £4 million to convince the Suffolk outfit to let the 37-year-old leave Portman Road, should he wish to.

Otherwise, Ipswich will not part with one of their key assets so easily.

The record fee paid to sign a manager was when Bayern Munich paid over £20 million to sign Julien Nagelsmann from RB Leipzig.

Chelsea paid a similar fee for Graham Potter from Brighton, but £4 million would still be a big figure for a manager working in the Championship.

How has Kieran McKenna fared at Ipswich Town?
McKenna is coming up on his second anniversary at Ipswich, having joined the club in December 2021.

He previously worked as a coach at Man United, first with the youth set up and then as part of Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s backroom staff.

McKenna worked alongside Middlesbrough manager Michael Carrick before the pair both branched out to become head coaches in their own right.

Ipswich are currently second in the Championship, just two points off leaders Leicester City and eight clear of third place Preston North End.

Kieran McKenna’s net worth is £4 million.

McKenna has been instrumental in establishing Ipswich’s promotion campaign this season, so his loss would be devastating.

A cost of £4 million would not be enough to cover the gap between promotion and relegation.

However, it would allow the team to spend money on finding a replacement, which may be just as beneficial.

There are only a few other managers Ipswich could choose who could continue to lead the club ahead in the fight for automatic Premier League promotion, so his departure would be a significant blow.

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