By Joe Ellis

29th Dec, 2021 | 11:10am

Kenny Brown returns to West Ham in new coaching role

Former West Ham favourite Kenny Brown has returned to the Irons as their new Academy Head of Coaching, according to Training Ground Guru.

The 54-year-old has spent the past six years in the same role at bitter rivals Millwall but will return to West Ham at the beginning of January.

His new role will see him oversee all of the coaching of the West Ham Under-9s to Under-14s, with Kalam Mooniaruck taking control of the Under-15s and Under-18s.

Leading by Example

West Ham have long celebrated their famous academy which has produced some of English football’s most decorated talent.

Most notably, Frank Lampard, Rio Ferdinand and Joe Cole all began their careers at the Irons before going on to have enormous success at other clubs in the Premier League and in the Champions League.

The category one academy placed eighth in the Training Ground Guru’s productivity ratings for the 2020-21 season.

The Under-23s team are currently flying high at the top of Premier League 2, four points clear of Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City but the Under-21s side failed to advance from their Papa John’s Trophy group.

The youngsters who have been shining in youth football have recently been appearing on the Hammers’ bench as injuries pile up for David Moyes along with COVID cases.

Armstrong Oko-Flex, Harrison Ashby and Ajibola Alese all featured on the bench during West Ham’s dominant 4-1 win over Watford not to mention Ben Johnson who started the game, who is also a product of the club’s academy.

There are also such players as Nathan Holland, Goncalo Cardoso, Connor Coventry and Joseph Anang out on loan who have all shown great temperament and ability away from the London Stadium with hopes of playing for the Hammers in the near future.

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