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Kevin Keen: The Player

21 December 2015

A look back at our boss' career.

Before moving into coaching, new Colchester United manager Kevin Keen enjoyed a successful playing career playing over 500 professional games across four different clubs.

The son of former Luton, Watford and QPR midfielder Mike, Kevin won several England schoolboy caps and played for Wycombe Wanders in their non-league days before signing up as a 16-year-old apprentice at West Ham United.

Having collected 15 England youth caps, he made his first team debut in September 1986 against Liverpool, a side he would coach at later in his career.

During his stint with the Hammers, Kevin reached the League Cup semi-finals twice as well as the FA Cup semi-final and, having made over 200 appearances for the London side, his next move would take him to the West Midlands with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

A £600,000 fee took him to Molineux in the summer of 1993 and he made 50 appearances in his one season with Wolves, before he was to head up the M6 to join Lou Macari at Stoke City, for whom he scored in his second game against Wanderers.

Injuries played their part in his second season at the Potters, but he was a regular for City in their first season at the Britannia Stadium in 1997/98.

, and he now becomes a manager in his own right for the first time at Colchester United. is detailed HERE His coaching career so far

In his two seasons there, he made a further 62 appearances before stepping across into coaching.

He eventually made 176 appearances for Stoke before leaving to join Macclesfield Town aged 33.

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