Hammers hopeful Keen makes his case

First published in West Ham

WEST Ham caretaker manager Kevin Keen believes he has served his apprenticeship and hopes to be considered for the job on a permanent basis.

The Hammers sacked boss Avram Grant immediately after the 3-2 defeat at Wigan on Sunday, which confirmed their relegation to the npower Championship.

Former Newcastle manager Chris Hughton remains the bookies' favourite to take the West Ham hotseat, with QPR boss Neil Warnock, Martin O'Neill and Sam Allardyce also mooted as potential candidates.

Keen is considered somewhat of an outside to get the job but has a chance to prove his credentials when he takes control of West Ham's last match of the season against Sunderland this weekend.

"I'd love to be given the job," he told talkSPORT. "I'd love to be given that sort of opportunity.

"At the same time the owners are experienced and they know what they want for next season.

"They've been chairmen in the Championship before with Birmingham and they'll have a vision of how they want to take the club forward.

"I'm claret and blue through and through, I played for the club for nine years and I've coached for nine years so I'd love to be given the opportunity."

Keen says he has told club vice-chairman Karen Brady that he would like to be considered for the role and believes his grounding with the Hammers would hold him in good stead.

"I feel I've served my apprenticeship," he added.

"I've worked with Tony Carr at the academy, I spent four years with the young lads and then I spent a couple of years in the reserves until Alan Pardew made me first-team coach.

"I've worked with Alan Pardew, Alan Curbishley, Gianfranco Zola and obviously Avram Grant this year.

"I look at what Brian McDermott has done with Reading this year, someone who's very loyal, very hardworking, very humble and maybe it's time for West Ham to go for someone like that."

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