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Kevin Keen named as Assistant Manager

20 December 2014

Addition to Steve Clarke's backroom staff

Kevin Keen has been confirmed as Assistant Manager to Steve Clarke and will join the new Royals boss on the bench for Saturday's game with Watford.

The 47-year-old made over 500 professional appearances as a player, including notable spells with West Ham United and Stoke City before moving into coaching at Upton Park in 2002.

After initially working for the world renowned Hammers' Academy, Keen stepped up to become Reserve Team Coach and First Team Coach - even taking temporary charge of the side after the departure of Alan Pardew in 2006 before the appointment of Alan Curbishley. It was at West Ham that he first linked up with new Royals boss Steve Clarke. Two further caretaker spells followed in the next five years after the club parted ways with Curbishley and Avram Grant, before in July 2011 Keen left Upton Park to join Liverpool as first-team coach under Kenny Dalglish - with Clarke also making up part of the backroom staff.

He left Anfield after the arrival of Brendan Rodgers in June 2012, joining Clarke at West Brom as Assistant Head Coach shortly afterwards. After a short spell in the Academy of FA Youth Cup finalists Fulham over the summer, Keen has now renewed his partnership with the new Royals boss - signning a contract until June 2017.

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