By Joe Ellis

13th Nov, 2022 | 9:40am

Crawley want to hire West Ham United coach Kevin Keen as their new manager

West Ham United Under-18s coach Kevin Keen is on the radar of League Two side Crawley Town, according to The Sun journalist Alan Nixon.

The Red Devils are without a permanent manager after sacking Kevin Betsy with the relegation zone to the National League looming large behind them.

They did pull themselves away from the drop with victory at home to Barrow on Saturday (12 November) but they want to get a full-time boss in place as soon as possible.

Keen has the Hammers’ Under-18s flying high in Group 2 of the Premier League Under-18 league with six wins from six to top the standings by five points with a game in hand over Crystal Palace.

He also has senior managerial experience under his belt having previously spent a year in charge of Colchester United, also in League Two, before making the move to the London Stadium.

Brilliant work

The future appears to be very bright for West Ham at the moment although their Under-21s side are not dominating like they have been in previous years.

That is mostly because a lot of the talent has been shipped out on loan to leave the highest level of youth football at Rush Green inexperienced compared to other sides.

But Keen’s Under-18s have been simply brilliant this season and it’s no surprise to see someone like Crawley put him on their managerial shortlist as they fight for their Football League status.

There have been a lot of examples recently of coaches leaving top clubs to take their own path and being very successful in doing so.

Keen could definitely become the next on that list and also use his connections at the London Stadium to provide a place for the youngsters he’s coaching right now to get a taste of senior football.