Keen realistic over Hammers job

West Ham are looking for a new manager after sacking Avram Grant
following the club’s relegation from the Premier League. The
long-serving Keen was placed in caretaker charge for Sunday’s 3-0
home defeat by Sunderland and has expressed an interest to stay in
the position full time. However, several more experienced managers
have been linked with the vacancy and Keen is realistic about his
chances of being appointed at Upton Park. “If I’m up against Martin
O’Neill, Steve McClaren, Sam Allardyce, Neil Warnock, then it’s
going to be a tough ask,” said Keen. “Because those boys have got a
lot of experience, they’ve got a better record than my losses of
two and wins of nil in the Premier League. “So, it’s up to the
owners. I’m sure whichever way they go, they’ll make the right
decision.” Keen also believes the Hammers must learn to adapt
quickly to the rigours of the Championship if they are to stand any
chance of bouncing back to the Premier League at the first attempt.
He added: “It will be a tough, tough season in the Championship.
“It’s more physical than the Premier League – but not as much as it
used to be – and there are more games. “We have fantastic young
players here and if we can keep hold of them, we have a fantastic
base to build from and we can play the kind of football our fans
believe in.”