Kieran McKenna’s appointment as the new Ipswich Town manager has been confirmed.
The Fermanagh man leaves his role as Manchester United first-team coach where he worked under Jose Mourinho, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and new interim manager Ralf Rangnick at Old Trafford.
However, McKenna who opted to remain at the club following the departure of Solskjaer last month despite heavy pressure to leave, has signed a new three-year contract with the League One club.
The 35-year-old replaces Paul Cook in the hot seat as he looks to turn their fortunes around and push for promotion in the second half of the season.
“I’d like to thank Mark Ashton and the owners for putting their faith in me and Martyn to take the club forward,” McKenna said.
“Leaving a club like Manchester United was obviously a difficult decision, but I strongly believe in the opportunity to build something here.
“It feels like the right time, project and club to make my first step into first-team management.
“For now, the focus for the team has to be on a huge game on Saturday. After that, I cannot wait to meet everyone and get to work.
“I’m delighted to officially welcome Kieran and Martyn to the club,” added Ipswich chief executive Mark Ashton.
“Kieran is a highly-respected young coach who has been working at the top level of English football and with one of the biggest clubs in world football for a number of years in Manchester United.”