Chelsea identify former Manchester United coach as Pochettino’s potential replacement

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Chelsea may sign a face familiar to Manchester United to replace Mauricio Pochettino Reuters/Jason Cairnduff

Chelsea are interested in signing Kieran McKenna as their manager should they decide to part ways with Mauricio Pochettino.

Chelsea has had an entertaining campaign, to say the least. For much of the season, the London side struggled immensely in all their competitions. In particular, their Premier League campaign looked to be going haywire as recently as a couple of months ago.

However, in the recent weeks, the Blues succeeded in cleaning up their act and notched some crucial wins and points.

Thus, when the campaign ended on Sunday, they boasted a fairly impressive sixth-place finish, and the verdict on which European competition they will feature in next season will be up to how the FA Cup final between Manchester United and Manchester City pans out.

However, there may be some difference in who leads them from next campaign.

Chelsea eyeing former Manchester United coach Kieran McKenna

According to The Guardian, Chelsea see Ipswich Town manager Kieran McKenna as one of the “leading candidates” to potentially succeed Mauricio Pochettino. The former Tottenham Hotspur boss’ future is considerably uncertain heading into the summer transfer window.

While Pochettino did manage to turn things around for the club, the actions of the higher-ups indicate that a change might be in the offing.

The report adds that contact has already been made by the club and representatives of McKenna. The former United coach who was a promising figure at the club has swiftly made a name for himself amongst England’s most exciting managers.

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His Ipswich Town ascent with a double season promotion is truly the stuff of dreams and it is clear why numerous clubs are vying for his signature.

Manchester United and Brighton are also understood to be interested in McKenna. While Brighton will part ways with their gaffer Roberto De Zerbi, United are yet to provide clarity on the future of Erik Ten Hag.