Kenny: It Won't Be Easy

Former Hammer Kenny Brown predicts West Ham will go up this season - but says there will be some scares along the way.

Kenny was a guest of Tony Cottee in the Castle Lounge for the Millwall game - he also played for the Lions - and was an interested observer when West Ham travelled to Cardiff for the Carling cup last week.

"West Ham are obviously going to be there or thereabouts and once Alan gets his team I think it will be exciting - but I think there will be a few nervous times ahead as well," he says.

Looking at the Millwall game, he says:

"In the first half I thought they played very well, getting the goal that they deserved.

"But they needed that second and, when Etherington hit the post, it just gave Millwall a little bit more confidence and I think that was the last shot on goal that we had, so it was a bit of an anti-climax.

"Over the 90 minutes I think West Ham will be pleased to get a point out of that; not that they played badly, but Millwall dominated in the second half, really.

"They got the second ball and a lot of balls into the box and David James did well; overall, it was a fair result but not the one West Ham would have wanted.

"The Cardiff game was a game of two halves if there ever was one, and the same went for Sunday; they didn't play as well before the break against Millwall as they did in the second half against Cardiff, but there you go.

"Overall there were some things that weren't quite right, but that is the way it is with the players that have left.

"They are still trying to group together and get a settled team together and a formation that is going to take them up the league.

"And, no disprespect to the players who are out there doing all they can, but I think it is glaring that Michael Carrick and Steve Lomas will make a difference.

"I was here with Kevin Horlock when he first came as a kid and I think he has done well to settle on the left hand side in that midfield.

"He retains the ball well, and Rob Lee has done well, but watching the midfield you feel it just needs a bit more strength and the creativity that Michael will give us.

"And Lomy has those leadership,qualities as well.

"I have seen a fair bit of the first division and I don't think there are any great teams in it."

Kenny is open to offers of work after the bizarre goings on at Barry Town where Kenny had been manager until the start of this season.

"After three very successful years there, and while I was doing all my badges we won the league and cup double each time, which is some achievement down there, the finances were being kept from us even though we were in Europe," he says.

"Basically we went into administration and they cancelled everyone's contract so I have been out of work since the first week of the season.

"So I am itching to get back in to the coaching and managing side of things, I am still fit enough to play, so whatever avenues and offers I do get I will consider all of them - I am keen to get back into it as soon as possible.

"I was a year there as a player/coach for a year and did all the coaching myself with help from the senior players, and in the last two years I was manager and coach and felt I got the best out of a squad of 17 or 18 players.

"It was rewarding because I cut my teeth there, and I did it successfully I feel, so hopefully that puts me in good stead; I am hungry, ambitious, and I want to go on in the game.

"I am still owed a fair bit of money down there which doesn't help, but I would like to draw a line under that now - that episode has left a bitter taste as it has done with everyone else who was connected with it.

"But you have got to move on and the main thing for me is to get back into football and start enjoying my football again."

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