FORMER Liverpool first-team coach Kevin Keen has joined Steve Clarke’s backroom team at West Bromwich Albion.
Keen, who was part of the Reds’ staff under Kenny Dalglish last season, has been confirmed as the Baggies’ new joint-assistant head coach. The 45-year-old will work alongside Keith Downing, who has been retained by Clarke.
Albion’s first game of the new Premier League season will see them entertain Clarke and Keen’s former club Liverpool at the Hawthorns on August 18.
Clarke said: “Kevin is a fantastic coach, enthusiastic and hard-working.
“He understands me, knows what makes me tick, and most importantly is a good person to have around the place.
“I think I’ve now got a great mixture in my coaching staff with Keith and Dean, who know the club and players inside out, and Kevin, who knows me and can help make that connection to all the staff easier.”
Albion Sporting & Technical Director Dan Ashworth added: “I’m delighted to welcome Kevin to the club.
“Steve was eager to work with Keith Downing and Dean Kiely when he arrived and also targeted Kevin as the person he would most like to bring in.
“We’re delighted we’ve been able to keep the nucleus of last season’s very successful backroom staff together.
“And since Terry Burton left as first-team coach in March we always had it in mind we would appoint another member of coaching staff at the end of the season - and we’re pleased to have captured someone of Kevin’s calibre.”
Keen was appointed by Liverpool in July 2011, but departed, along with Clarke, following the exit of Dalglish back in May.