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Brighton identify Kieran McKenna as 'ideal replacement' for Roberto De Zerbi

Published at :May 2, 2024 at 10:43 PM
Modified at :May 3, 2024 at 2:02 PM
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(Courtesy : Ipswich Town)

Rajarshi Shukla

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In the event that Roberto De Zerbi steps down as manager this summer, Brighton will try to entice Kieran McKenna away from Ipswich.

It’s claimed that Brighton have been preparing backup plans in case they end up needing a new manager. De Zerbi, whose team is struggling, has been uneasy and has been connected to other high-profile positions in the past few months.

Brighton does not want to be taken off guard by the Italian’s departure and is realistic about the circumstances. They are evaluating the market and keeping a careful eye on McKenna, who has performed admirably at Ipswich. With a win over Coventry on Tuesday, he is a single win away from leading the team into the Premier League after leading them up from League One the previous season.

Ipswich have received acclaim for the calibre of their play. They meet Huddersfield on Saturday and need a point to ensure immediate promotion. The 37-year-old McKenna has gained recognition as one of the best new managers in English football as a result of their quick growth under his leadership.

In spite of having fewer resources than its opponents for promotion—Leeds, Southampton, and Leicester—Ipswich has made a strong run at the top of the Championship.

Brighton are seen as ready to advocate for McKenna regardless of whether Ipswich reach the top flight. Whether McKenna, who was a member of Manchester United’s coaching staff, will decide to advance in his current position is still to be seen. Given that Ipswich offered him his first managerial position, loyalty to the company might be at play.

However, if Ipswich advance to the Premier League, financial realities may strike. McKenna might determine that the chance to work with a larger transfer budget and join Brighton is too good to pass up.

Brighton’s managerial history

Brighton have a reputation for astute hiring and is well-run. After making the bold choice in 2019 to supplant Chris Hughton with Graham Potter. After Potter left for Chelsea the previous season, De Zerbi arrived and had an incredible influence. Brighton made it to Europe for the first time by finishing sixth.

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