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17 December 2021

"You only have to have a look at his track's a quality CV"

John McGreal says that Town have made a 'brilliant appointment' in new manager Kieran McKenna.

The Club confirmed yesterday that Kieran, who joins from Manchester United where he was a first-team coach, has become the 19th manager of Ipswich Town.

Martyn Pert has also moved from Old Trafford to Portman Road and is the Club's new assistant manager.

Interim manager John will remain in charge for Saturday's home fixture against Sunderland, which will be played in front of a bumper crowd following the success of the #PackOutPR campaign.

Kieran and Martyn will both be watching on from the stands as the Blues take on the Black Cats.

"I think it is a brilliant appointment," John told the Club website. "He’ll need our backing as well and we’ll all be here to give him our support.

"You only have to have a look at his track record, the players he’s integrated into the first-team, the players that he’s coached, the managers that he’s coached under; it’s a quality CV.

"It’s a big appointment for the Football Club and I think it shows what direction it’s going in. He’ll be coming with a fresh idea to get us on the right track to where we want to get to.

"He’ll bring his experiences from working with his past managers and working with high-quality players.

"Kieran actually spoke to me last night while I was at the Youth Cup game [away at Tottenham]. He’s really looking forward to it and why wouldn’t he be, it’s Ipswich Town."

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Reflecting on his spell as interim manager, John added: "It’s been really testing but it’s been enjoyable.

"All we’ve tried to do is look after the team while Mark [Ashton] and his team found a new manager.

"They’ve done that and it’s a brilliant appointment with the new gaffer coming in.

"It’ll be over to him after Saturday then I’ll be back to doing my role with the U23s."

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