Kieran McKenna has masterminded Ipswich Town’s awe-inspiring ascension and there are no signs of stagnation.
The ex-Manchester United coach has brought the good times back to Portman Road following a sustained period of turmoil, achieving promotion from League One in remarkable fashion by achieving 28 victories, 98 points and a second-placed finish behind Steven Schumacher’s Plymouth Argyle.
Ipswich’s attacking dynamic took the third-tier by storm as they scored an unprecedented 101 goals, and they have faced no potential teething difficulties with translating that front-footed style into the Championship either.
At the time of writing, Ipswich sit second in the division during the international break after winning four of their opening five encounters and no team has usurped their 11 strikes.
It may still be early days, of course, but everything suggests that Ipswich are well-placed to continue their success and the Town faithful are already dreaming of a Premier League return in the 2024/25 campaign.
Naturally, that all hinges upon McKenna, and it should come as no surprise that he has attracted interest from elsewhere.
With doubt emerging over the future of Stephen Kenny amid a poor run of form, it has been reported by the independent that the Republic of Ireland are running the rule over the Ipswich boss, prompting a reaction from pundit Carlton Palmer.
What has Carlton Palmer said about Kieran McKenna?
While the lure of international football can often prove tantalising, Palmer believes that the current upward climate in Suffolk should tempt McKenna to stay out for the time being.
He exclusively explained to FLW: “There’s a lot of speculation surrounding Stephen Kenny’s future as manager of the Republic of Ireland.
“With only three points from five games – three European Qualifier games – he has come under increasing pressure.
“A lot of people have commented that he had done a fantastic job in difficult circumstances with the players he has available to him, but several names have been linked with the job and one of them is Ipswich Town’s Kieran McKenn