Kevin Keen insisted he was nasty enough to be West Ham manager, despite his audition for the job seeing the club exit the Barclays Premier League with a whimper.
The rock-bottom Hammers were beaten 3-0 by Sunderland in their final game of a miserable season, and one that appeared to scupper any faint hope caretaker boss Keen might have had of succeeding Avram Grant.
But the former West Ham winger, whose previous spell in temporary charge also yielded a defeat, said: "Some people say I'm too nice to manage. Always a nice boy, played football in a nice way." Asked if he could be nasty as well, he added: "Yes, I can. Spread the word."
He added: "I think my audition for the job started as soon as I got it.
"I have conducted myself well since then and I hope they take that into account. I love the club. I played for them for nine years. It's in my blood.
"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 was realistic about his chances, saying: "If I'm up against Martin O'Neill, Steve McClaren, Sam Allardyce, Neil Warnock, then it's going to be a tough ask.
"Because those boys have got a lot of experience, they've got a better record than my losses of two and wins of nil in the Premier League.
"So, it's up to the owners.
"I'm sure whichever way they go, they'll make the right decision."
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