Keen lands new management role

  • by Staff Writer
  • Monday, 21st December 2015

Former West Ham midfielder Kevin Keen has been appointed as the new manager of League One side Colchester United.

Keen - who took temporary charge of West Ham following the departure of Alan Pardew in December 2006, the first of three stints in that particular role - was named the new manager of the struggling Essex club earlier this afternoon.

Now 48, Keen spent a decade as a Hammer between 1983 and 1993 making 278 appearances for the club in all competitions, before moving into coaching. At West Ham he worked alongside the likes of Pardew, Alan Curbishley, Franco Zola and Avram Grant before joining Liverpool as first team coach in 2011.

He was most recently assistant to Steve Clarke at Reading before the duo were fired following a string of poor results. However he has returned to the game after just one week without a job.

Keen took charge of West Ham for the one and only time on the final day of the 10/11 season

In May 2011 he entered the race - unsuccessfully - to replace Avram Grant, stating: "I would love the opportunity to speak to the owners and Karren Brady and give my views about the future. Maybe in the future I will be given a opportunity to turn it around."

That opportunity has now arisen, though not at the Boleyn Ground as hoped. Keen's assistant at Colchester - who are currently bottom of League One - is former Us midfielder David Wright, who makes the step up from Under 21 boss.

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