Liverpool talks with Kieran McKenna revealed as Manchester United consider surprise move

Kieran McKenna, manager of Ipswich Town
Kieran McKenna, manager of Ipswich Town -Credit:Stephen Pond/Getty Images

Liverpool spoke to current Ipswich Town boss Kieran McKenna about a coaching role in 2014 before he eventually joined the Manchester United backroom staff instead. United are thought to be considering the 38-year-old as a potential managerial candidate should Erik ten Hag depart this summer.

Alex Inglethorpe, having left Tottenham to take up the role of academy director at the Reds, had hoped then-Spurs coach McKenna would join him at Anfield.

It's even been suggested that he met with manager Brendan Rodgers to discuss the potential move. However, McKenna declined and instead joined United two years later.

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McKenna was reportedly a United fan as a child. Upon his appointment in M16, he stated: "To go to Manchester United, there is no bigger move you can make. It's a dream come true really."

This sentiment would likely still hold if a first-team position at Old Trafford became available in the coming weeks, especially with Ten Hag's future uncertain even if the Red Devils secure their 13th FA Cup this month.

Though inexperienced, INEOS' interest in McKenna isn't too surprising given his success with the Tractor Boys. United are reportedly looking for a candidate who can lead a long-term project rather than aiming for immediate success next season, reports The Guardian.

As a former assistant, McKenna already has relationships with many of the players and was highly respected at Carrington, which would certainly aid in achieving both these objectives.

Liverpool, meanwhile, have already found their successor to Jurgen Klopp, with Feyenoord's Arne Slot expected to be confirmed as the next manager at Anfield imminently.