Hammers coach interested in manager's role

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FIRST-TEAM coach Kevin Keen has revealed he would be interested in taking the manager's job at West Ham.

Keen has been placed in temporary charge of the Hammers for their final game of the season at home to Sunderland but admits he would be interested in taking the job on a permanent basis following Avram Grant's sacking at the weekend.

He told BBC Radio 5 Live: “I would love the opportunity to speak to the owners and (chief executive) Karren Brady and give my views about the future.

“Maybe in the future I will be given a opportunity to turn it around.”

Keen, who played for West Ham for a decade between 1983 and 1993, believes the ingredients are there for a swift return to the Premier League, following the team's relegation to the Championship.

“This is my club. People say claret and blue runs through your veins and that is very much me,” he added.

“I think we have got a superb bunch of young footballers coming through in the likes of James Tomkins, Junior Stanislas, Zavon Hines, Freddie Sears, Jack Collison and Jordan Spence.

“There is a real opportunity to go back to the days of pass and move and make sure people tackle like (former player and manager) Billy Bonds and want to run through brick walls for this football club.”

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