As a player, coach and caretaker manager, Kevin Keen always gave his all for West Ham United.

Now, the one-time Hammers winger is aiming to put all that experience to good use by taking on his first full-time managerial role.

Keen, who played 278 times in Claret and Blue before serving in a variety coaching roles under Glenn Roeder, Trevor Brooking, Alan Pardew, Alan Curbishley, Gianfranco Zola and Avram Grant - during which he served as caretaker manager on two occasions and was tipped to take charge at his first club Wycombe Wanderers.

Now, after filling senior coaching positions with Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion, the 47-year-old wants to have a stab at the top job should the opportunity arise.


"I'm in my last month of gardening leave from West Bromwich Albion, so at the end of this month I will be looking for a new coaching role or a manager's job and hopefully something will come up," said Keen, who recently returned to the Boleyn Ground to act as a corporate host and play in a charity match for Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital.

"I don't want to wish bad on anyone, but I'd like to get back involved. I think I'm a decent coach, so hopefully somewhere along the line someone somewhere will take me in and let me coach."

While management is his future, Keen was also more than happy to pull on his boots again in a playing capacity, lining up alongside former team-mates Frank McAvennie, Alan Dickens, Paul and Martin Allen, Steve Potts and George Parris under the guidance of Alan Devonshire for the annual Great Ormond Street match.

"Every year we come back and every year a few of us look a little bit older and a little bit slower!" he laughed. "It was fantastic to come back and see George Parris, Alan Dickens, Alan Devonshire, Paul Allen and people like that who you played with when you were quite a bit younger, so it's great."

Keen is naturally focused on his own future in the game, but the man who served West Ham for 18 years as player and coach still follows his old Club's fortunes closely and wishes the Hammers every success.

"I've been down a couple of times recently," he confirmed. "I came to the Hull game and I was at the Tottenham game doing a few of the Executive Boxes as I've got some friends in them.

"I always look for West Ham's result. You don't work at a Club for 18 years without wanting to know how well they've done. All the teams I've played for I have an affection for and I am always looking out for their results and West Ham have got to stay in the Premier League, especially as they're going to the Olympic Stadium."

To watch Kevin Keen's West Ham TV interview in full, including his memories of his nine-year playing career in east London and the views of his West Ham-supporting son Eddie, click here.

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