"I have been coaching for 13 years at a high level and I have worked very hard. I feel like now is the time to make the step."
New Town boss Kieran McKenna said Portman Road is the perfect place to make his first step into first-team management.
After watching the Blues from the stands against Sunderland on Saturday, Kieran officially started his role today, and will take charge of his first game against Gillingham on Boxing Day.
"I have had a great first few days at the Club," Kieran told iFollow Ipswich.
"Watching the game on Saturday was really good. It was a brilliant occasion for the Club and the first few days have been ideal. I've enjoyed meeting the players and staff, and now I am really looking forward to getting stuck in.
"This move felt like the perfect opportunity for me. I have been coaching for 13 years at a high level and I have worked very hard. I feel like now is the time to make the step into management and it was a case of waiting for the right opportunity.
"This felt like the place where everything came together. It feels like the right club and the right project for me and you can see there is a hunger to achieve things here.
"Having walked around the Club and met people, you can feel the passion for success. I hope this serves as an opportunity to build something not only in the short term but also longer term for the Club, and I am delighted to be here."