Inspirational Ipswich Town skipper Sam Morsy says it was 'really important' that the club keep hold of in-demand boss Kieran McKenna.

The Blues manager was linked to a trio of top jobs at Brighton, Manchester United and Chelsea in the days and weeks after promotion, but signed a new four-year deal last week to end the frenzied speculation about his future.

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Morsy spoke to BBC Sport on Saturday after captaining football organisation Nujum Sports, as they faced an XI led by ex-Aston Villa winger Anwar el Ghazi in a charity match in London to raise funds for the children of Gaza.

“It is really important to keep him," Morsy said of McKenna.

"It was well publicised he could have gone to some big clubs, but he has made history here anyway.

"It is nice that he will continue the journey with us and it would have been a shame if he didn’t do it.

"In the end he has probably thought he has played a huge role in it and we are thankful he can carry on."

East Anglian Daily Times: Skipper Sam Morsy is a vital part of McKenna's tremendous Town sideSkipper Sam Morsy is a vital part of McKenna's tremendous Town side (Image: PA Images)
McKenna will now lead Town into a huge summer for the club as they prepare to tackle the Premier League for the first time in 22 years.

And one of Town's key strengths through their remarkable back-to-back promotions has been their band of brothers bond and the culture at the club created by McKenna. 

Morsy explained: “The manager and staff have built a really competitive culture, one of ownership with everyone having a voice and togetherness.

"We reflect that in everything we do, we have worked hard every day and looked to improve.

"We have managed to stay strong, stay brave and we’ve done it the right way.

"It is an incredible achievement especially when you consider we have finished above some heavyweights in the division.

"To do back-to-backs is incredible."