Brighton are 'confident' of beating Chelsea to hiring Ipswich boss Kieran McKenna - but eye Graham Potter as a back-up plan

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By Luke Power

Published: 08:23 EDT, 23 May 2024 | Updated: 08:46 EDT, 23 May 2024

Brighton are reportedly assured of beating Chelsea to Ipswich Town head Kieran McKenna. 

The Seagulls are seeking a caller head aft parting ways pinch Roberto De Zerbi astatine nan weekend.

McKenna is 1 of nan game's brightest young managers aft guiding Ispwich to back-to-back promotions to nan Premier League.

Now Brighton person him successful their crosshairs, pinch erstwhile manager Graham Potter arsenic a back-up option, according to The Times. 

McKenna has a woody until 2027 astatine Portman Road, pinch nan compensation required to untangle him believed to beryllium betwixt £4million and £6m.

Brighton are reportedly assured of beating Chelsea to Ipswich Town head Kieran McKenna

They reportedly spot Graham Potter, who managed them earlier moving to Chelsea, arsenic a back-up option

Chelsea parted ways pinch Mauricio Pochettino connected Tuesday nighttime but location are fears astir their hire-and-fire civilization nether Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali.

Meanwhile, Brighton are a much unchangeable nine for aspirational managers to hone their trade nether proprietor Tony Bloom.

Both Potter and De Zerbi importantly enhanced their reputations during their clip astatine nan Amex Stadium. 

McKenna is simply a boyhood Manchester United instrumentality and has worked astatine nan nine arsenic a coach. 

He whitethorn for illustration to hold and spot if that job, occupied by Erik 10 Hag, becomes disposable this summer. 

While he has a statement until 2027 astatine Ipswich, nan chances of him signing a new, longer-term woody are understood to beryllium slim. 

The Sun reported that nan Tractor Boys extended a £5m-per-year connection to McKenna, pinch his existent woody weighted astatine £1.2m per season. 

McKenna has been astatine Ipswich since December 2021, taking complete erstwhile they were 12th successful League One. 

McKenna has led Ipswich to nan Premier League pinch back-to-back promotions 

That run he led them to 11th but since past he has masterminded 2 consecutive promotions, pinch fans flooding backmost to Portman Road. 

Potter has nan advantage of already having proven his worthy astatine Brighton, truthful overmuch that Chelsea paid them £21.5m for his services successful 2022.

In his 3 seasons successful Sussex they vanished 15th, 16th, and ninth, implementing a passing, attacking marque of football.  

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