Keen hopeful over Hammers job

The Hammers sacked boss Avram Grant immediately after the 3-2

defeat at Wigan on Sunday, which confirmed their relegation to the

Championship. Former Newcastle manager Chris Hughton remains the

bookies’ favourite to take the West Ham hotseat, with QPR boss Neil

Warnock, Martin O’Neill and Sam Allardyce also mooted as potential

candidates. Keen is considered somewhat of an outside to get the

job but has a chance to prove his credentials when he takes control

of West Ham’s last match of the season against Sunderland this

weekend. “I’d love to be given the job,” he told talkSPORT. “I’d

love to be given that sort of opportunity. “At the same time the

owners are experienced and they know what they want for next

season. “They’ve been chairmen in the Championship before with

Birmingham and they’ll have a vision of how they want to take the

club forward. “I’m claret and blue through and through, I played

for the club for nine years and I’ve coached for nine years so I’d

love to be given the opportunity.” Keen says he has told club

vice-chairman Karen Brady that he would like to be considered for

the role and believes his grounding with the Hammers would hold him

in good stead. “I feel I’ve served my apprenticeship,” he added.

“I’ve worked with Tony Carr at the academy, I spent four years with

the young lads and then I spent a couple of years in the reserves

until Alan Pardew made me first-team coach. “I’ve worked with Alan

Pardew, Alan Curbishley, Gianfranco Zola and obviously Avram Grant

this year. “I look at what Brian McDermott has done with Reading

this year, someone who’s very loyal, very hardworking, very humble

and maybe it’s time for West Ham to go for someone like that.”