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