Colchester United FC Staff Profiles

Sun 08 Jul 2012
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FIRST TEAM COACHING STAFF
Kevin Keen is unveiled as U's manager

Kevin Keen
First Team Manager

Kevin arrived as first team manager in December 2015, having had a wide range of coaching positions at a higher level prior to his arrival in Colchester.

After a brief caretaker spell at Macclesfield Town at the end of his playing career, Kevin began his coaching journey in earnest at his former club West Ham, initially joining as an Academy coach in 2002.


He later became reserve team coach and then moved up to the first team set up in 2007 where he supported a number of first team managers including Alan Pardew, Alan Curbishley, Gianfranco Zola and Avram Grant.

After a nine year stint with the Hammers, he joined Liverpool as a first team coach under the management of Kenny Dalglish, spending a year at Anfield, before departing the Merseyside club upon the arrival of Brendan Rodgers.

His next role was assistant head coach at West Bromwich Albion alongside Steve Clarke, where he spent eighteen months before the duo left the Baggies in December 2013.

In July 2014, a return to London followed, where he took on the role of Head of Coaching and U18s manager at Fulham and five months later, he teamed up with Clarke again as the duo went to Championship side Reading. 

David Wright coaching at Florence Park

David Wright
Assistant Manager

Bringing a wealth of footballing knowledge with him, David is a name that will already be familiar to Colchester United supporters.

He joined the U's as a combative midfielder during Joe Dunne's reign at the club, and played an instrumental role in pulling Colchester clear of trouble at the end of the 2012/13 season, culminating in a memorable day at Carlisle United.

Having ventured into coaching initially with Ipswich Town's academy, he returned to the club in the summer of 2015 to take on a role with the U's U21s side.

Alongside his coaching with the promising players of the future at Florence Park, David also has been in charge of local side Maldon & Tiptree since the start of this season, as the Ryman League side attempt a push for the play-offs.

But he will now step away from that role with the Jammers to assist

U's first team physio Tony Flynn

Tony Flynn
First Team Physio

An experienced physio who was previously with MK Dons, Tony has been with the club since 2006, having originally been brought to the club by former manager Geraint Williams.

Tony is in charge of all first team players and their rehabilitation from injury and oversees youth team physio Joe Badham as the duo ensure the U's players return to action as quickly as possible.

Goalkeeping Coach Ademola Bankole

Ademola Bankole
Goalkeeping Coach

Ademola has been with the U's since 2005, having been brought to the club by former boss Phil Parkinson.

He is in charge of the development of the U's goalkeepers, including those currently at the club in the youth team.

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