Ipswich Town Returns to Premier League After 22 Years

Ipswich Town secures promotion to the Premier League with a 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town, ending their 22-year absence. Manager Kieran McKenna achieves back-to-back promotions, guiding the team from League One to the top flight.

Bijay Laxmi
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Ipswich Town Returns to Premier League After 22 Years

Ipswich Town Returns to Premier League After 22 Years

Ipswich Town has secured promotion back to the Premier League for the first time since 2002, finishing second in the Championship with a 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town. The club's return to the top flight of English football comes after a 22-year absence and marks their second straight promotion under manager Kieran McKenna.

McKenna, 37, took over Ipswich in December 2021 when the team was languishing in 12th place in League One. In just his first full season in charge, he led them to promotion to the Championship. Now, in his second season at the helm, McKenna has guided Ipswich back to the promised land of the Premier League.

Reflecting on the team's incredible journey, McKenna said,"We kept an incredible level of consistency in all aspects, not just the squad, the playing style, and our identity. What a journey it's been. I'm not sure it will happen again in the way that we've done it. "McKenna's expansive, possession-based attacking football has been key to Ipswich's revival.

Ipswich finished the season as runner-up behind champions Leicester City. The club's American owners, Gamechanger 20, have played a significant role in the team's resurgence. Ipswich had struggled with financial difficulties since their relegation from the Premier League in 2002, but McKenna's leadership and the owners' backing have breathed new life into the club.

Former Ipswich manager Paul Lambert praised McKenna's achievement, comparing it to his own stint with rivals Norwich City. "Ipswich is a great club with a great fanbase behind them," Lambert said. league, praises "The lads have done pretty similar to what I did at Norwich in going for back-to-back promotions, and Kieran's done a fabulous job, so big credit to him."

However, Lambert also expressed skepticism about the Premier League, labeling it as "overrated" and suggesting teams only want to be in it for financial reasons. "Teams want to be in it for the money and that's been proven," he stated. Lambert, who has been out of management since leaving Ipswich in 2021, said he is in no rush to return and has turned down several offers, preferring to wait for the right opportunity.

Ipswich's promotion comes as other clubs face mixed fortunes. Tom Brady's first season as co-owner of Birmingham City ended in relegation to League One. Meanwhile, Leeds United, Southampton, West Bromwich Albion, and Norwich City are set to compete in the playoffs for the final Premier League promotion spot, with the playoff final scheduled for May 26 at Wembley Stadium.

As Ipswich Town celebrates their return to the Premier League, the club and its supporters will relish the opportunity to compete against England's elite clubs once again. Under Kieran McKenna's guidance, Ipswich will aim to establish themselves as a force to be reckoned with in the top flight and build on the remarkable success they have achieved over the past two seasons.