Ipswich Town CEO Mark Ashton knows boss Kieran McKenna will be a hot property this summer - but is confident the Blues will keep their man.

The 37-year-old guided Town to promotion in his first full season as a boss, marking him out as a serious managerial talent.

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And that inevitably means he'll be linked to pretty much every vacancy going in the Premier League and Championship this summer - but Ashton believes he's here for the long haul.

East Anglian Daily Times: Kieran McKenna guided Town to promotion in his first full season as bossKieran McKenna guided Town to promotion in his first full season as boss (Image: PA Images)

Asked on Sky News if the club will be able to keep McKenna, he said: "Yeah, I would think so, he seems very happy.

"I think the stability that we have as a club, the stability that the ownership group brings here – we’re well-financed and moving forward in all directions.

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"I think Kieran understands the journey he’s on in his career. I think we’re a perfect fit for each other.

"This is potentially a huge club, with huge opportunity and to have him leading the team and taking us forward on the pitch is something we’re very, very pleased with.”

Ashton was also asked about last night's remarkable play-off tussle at Hillsborough, with Sheffield Wednesday making history as they fought back from a 4-0 first leg deficit to beat Peterborough 5-1 and then take take the tie on pebnalties.

He said: "I’m delighted we’re not in the play-offs, like you wouldn’t believe!

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"I watched the game and Darren Moore’s someone I’ve known for many years – and I was just so pleased it wasn’t us going through that anxiety and that pressure.

"But what a game, what a great advert for the sport and the third tier of English football."