PRO­FILE

Chris Dunlavy looks at the ca­reer of Colch­ester United boss Kevin Keen

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Born: Amer­sham, 1967 (Age 48) Play­ing Ca­reer: A cen­tral mid­fielder who later be­came a winger, Keen made his pro­fes­sional de­but for West Ham in a 5-2 de­feat by Liverpool in 1986. He would re­main at Up­ton Park un­til 1993, scor­ing 30 goals in 279 games and win­ning pro­mo­tion to the Premier League in his fi­nal sea­son, be­fore join­ing Wolves for £600,000. Af­ter nine goals in 50 ap­pear­ances, he made a £300,000 switch to Stoke in 1994, to re-join for­mer Ham­mers boss Lou Macari. Keen played 203 times for the Pot­ters, scor­ing 12 goals and win­ning two player-of-the-year awards. Part of the side that nar­rowly missed pro­mo­tion to the Premier League in 1996, he won the Foot­ball League Tro­phy and reached the Se­cond Divi­sion play-offs in 1999-2000 be­fore spend­ing his fi­nal two sea­sons at Mac­cles­field. He re­tired in 2002 hav­ing made more than 600 pro­fes­sional ap­pear­ances. Man­age­rial Ca­reer: Player-coach at Mac­cles­field, Keen left in 2002 to join West Ham’s academy as Un­der-17 coach. He spent nine years at Up­ton Park, pro­gress­ing to first­team coach un­der Gian­franco Zola and Avram Grant as well as hav­ing two spells in care­taker charge. Over­looked for the Ham­mers job in 2011, Keen joined Liverpool where he was named first-team coach un­der Kenny Dal­glish. Fol­low­ing the ar­rival of Brendan Rodgers in 2012, he left An­field to work as as­sis­tant to Steve Clarke at West Brom and then Read­ing. Dis­missed along with Clarke last month. Named Colch­ester man­ager on De­cem­ber 21.

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