Kieran McKenna has signed a new four-year contract to remain as manager of Ipswich Town.

The Northern Irishman helped guide the Blues from League One to the Premier League in just two full seasons, winning back-to-back promotions to return to the top flight after 22 years away.

As a result, he was named Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Season and League Managers Association's (LMA) Manager of the Year.

He's also been subject to significant interest from other clubs, according to numerous reports.

Brighton & Hove Albion and Chelsea, who parted company with Roberto De Zerbi and Mauricio Pochettino respectively, were both linked with a move with him.

Manchester United were reportedly interested in the Town boss as well, although Erik ten Hag is currently still in charge at Old Trafford.

McKenna spent five years working with the Red Devils in a variety of different roles, including assistant manager to Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Speaking to Sky Sports about the rumours at last week's LMA awards, the 38-year-old said: "When you do well as a manager or a player, there’s always going to be speculation.

"I know what we’ve achieved is not an ordinary thing, so of course there’s going to be speculation then. That’s not where my focus is, to be honest."

He has now ended the doubts surrounding his immediate future by signing a new contract at Portman Road, which some outlets have claimed will make him one of the highest-paid managers in English football.

East Anglian Daily Times: The Blues secured back-to-back promotions under McKenna's managementThe Blues secured back-to-back promotions under McKenna's management (Image: Ipswich Town/Matchday Images)

Assistant Manager Martyn Pert, First-Team Coaches Charlie Turnbull and Lee Grant and Head of Goalkeeping Rene Gilmartin have also extended their contracts.

“I am extremely proud to have signed a new contract with the club," McKenna said.

“We have enjoyed incredible success together over the last two seasons and I’m excited to have the opportunity and responsibility of leading this fantastic club into its first season in the Premier League in 22 years.

“Preparation and planning for the challenge ahead has been ongoing since we won promotion at the beginning of May, with plenty of work still to do before the start of the new season at what is such an exciting time for everyone at the club.

“I am so happy to have committed my future to taking the next step with Ipswich Town and I am really excited for what's ahead as we continue this journey together.”