McKenna Out of the Running for Chelsea Managerial Position.

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McKenna Out of the Running for Chelsea Managerial Position.

Kieran McKenna, currently managing Ipswich Town, is no longer in the running to become Chelsea's next manager.

Kieran McKenna, aged 38, was initially considered for the role of replacing Mauricio Pochettino at Chelsea, following Pochettino's recent departure from the club. 

However, the current frontrunners for the position are Roberto de Zerbi, formerly of Brighton, Enzo Maresca from Leicester, and Thomas Frank from Brentford.

Despite leading Ipswich to Championship promotion, McKenna is now being linked with potential moves back to Manchester United if Erik ten Hag is relieved of his duties, and also to Brighton, who are currently without a manager.

Ipswich is keen to retain McKenna and plans to offer him a new contract, although it's unlikely he will extend his current deal, which runs until 2027 and includes a compensation fee of at least £4m for any interested club.

While De Zerbi and Maresca are eager to join Chelsea, there is less clarity about talks with Frank, who has also been associated with Manchester United.

Chelsea aims to finalize the managerial appointment within the next week, pending discussions on compensation fees with the manager's current club.