Defiant Kevin Keen wants to be West Ham manager

West Ham caretaker manager Kevin Keen reiterated his wish to lead the Hammers towards a "bright future" despite the final-day defeat by Sunderland.

The former Hammers player replaced Avram Grant for the last match of the season and wants the post full-time.

"My desire for the job hasn't changed, even though the 3-0 scoreline might not enhance my chances," said Keen.

"The young foundation of players we have can take the club forward and there can be a bright future."

West Ham have been linked with managers including Chris Hughton, Paul Lambert and Sam Allardyce since sacking Grant last weekend following the club's relegation from the Premier League.

Keen, who has no former managerial experience except for with West Ham's reserve team, did little to impress in his audition at Upton Park, with goals from Bolo Zenden, Stephane Sessegnon and Cristian Riveros sinking a poor Hammers side.

"I think my audition for the job started as soon as I got it," added Keen. "Hopefully the owners have seen what I've been doing this week, working with the players and the media and trying to keep the spirits up.

"If I'm up against Martin O'Neill, Steve McClaren, Sam Allardyce and Neil Warnock then it's going to be a tough ask.

"But I feel I can really take the club on and contribute. If you ask the players if they want me to take the job, I think you'd get an affirmative answer from the majority of the players."

Keen, who twice experienced relegation with West Ham as a player, believes the club needs to go back to its roots to secure a quick return from the Championship.

"I think we have to get back to our traditions - our family feel and our style of play," he commented. "Those traditions have been lost over the last four or five years and we need to regain them. But things didn't go for us today, a little bit like our season."

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce cited the return of forward Asamoah Gyan as the catalyst for his side's dominant display.

"You can see what a difference it makes having a striker in the team," said Bruce, whose side finished the season in 10th place, ahead of rivals Newcastle. "I've been saying all along that people should judge us when we get our players back.

"It was a perfect day and makes up for all the nonsense we've had to put up with in the last few months.

"We've been on a terrible run but we've finished strongly and ended up 10th, which is where we wanted to be in the first place. To finish above Newcastle will put a smile on the face of everyone in Sunderland."