The former Notts County man will take charge of the Blues side for Sunday's FA Cup third-round encounter at Barclays Premier League giants Chelsea.
However, he does not see himself staying at the club long-term.
“I see myself moving on and am clear in my mind about that,” he said.
“I never came here to be Ipswich Town manager.
“I've been a manager before and I'll be a manager again, but I came here to be first-team coach to Roy Keane.
“It's been a big shock because he gave me a job when I left Notts County.
“I didn't know what was going on until this morning and it's always a shock when a manager loses his job.
“The coaches are disappointed and so are the players.”
McParland feels Keane could have been a success, had he been given more time by owner and chairman Marcus Evans.
“Roy definitely could have turned things rounds,” he said.
“He's a very good manager and got promoted with Sunderland.
“But there are very small margins and small dividing lines between success and failure.”
McParland spoke to Keane this morning and said: “A lot of people have got the wrong impression about Roy.
“There's a persona about him but you couldn't wish to meet a better person.
“You know where you stand with him. He's honest and speaks the truth.
“I spoke to him this morning.
“He's professional, a proud man and a human being, so of course he's upset.
“But he's a tough cookie and he'll be fine.”