Promoted to the Premier League after defeat to Leeds – and now McKenna is closing in too

Promoted to the Premier League after defeat to Leeds – and now McKenna is closing in too

Leicester City were clear favorites to go up alongside Leeds United, and on Friday night Leicester's promotion was secured – without playing themselves.

Queens Park Rangers beat Leeds United 4-0 at Loftus Road, and this result means that Leicester cannot be worse than second in the Championship table.

Leeds are four points behind Leicester with just one game left to play, so this has been their only season in the Championship for Leicester after relegation last season.

Pep Guardiola's former assistant Enzo Maresca (pictured at top case) has not always been popular with Leicester City fans this season, but he has ended up with a direct promotion for the Foxes.

QPR also secured their place with this result after battling relegation all season.

Leeds managed very little against QPR.

Increased chance of another McKenna promotion

The result at Loftus Road not only caused joy for Leicester, but also at Portman Road, where former Manchester United coach Kieran McKenna did a fantastic job as head coach.

Leeds' loss means Ipswich have a very good chance of finishing in second place, which also gives them direct promotion, which would be an amazing achievement considering Ipswich played in League One last year.

Admittedly, they are one point behind Leeds at the time of writing (and with a worse goal difference), but they also have three games remaining, while Leeds only have a home game against Southampton (which ends up in the play-off) next weekend.

Before that, Ipswich will play away to Hull City and Coventry City, and if they get at least two points in the two matches, they will have everything in their hands before the final round of the league, at home to relegation-threatened Huddersfield. If they beat Hull and Coventry, promotion is already guaranteed before the final round.

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Ipswich coach Kieran McKenna, 6 April 2024.

Kieran McKenna could be on the verge of leading Ipswich to back-to-back promotions.

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