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Colchester United manager Kevin Keen stands down

Colchester United manager Kevin Keen has left the club. Credit: PA

Colchester United manager Kevin Keen has left the club with immediate effect.

The former Liverpool coach only took over in December and wasn't able to prevent the U's from being relegated to League Two for the first time in 18 years.

Following a meeting with chairman Robbie Cowling, he has now decided to leave.

David Wright will take charge of the remaining two games of the current season.

Keen's last game was a 3-0 defeat to Burton Albion.

After a meeting with the owner, Robbie Cowling over the future direction of the club, Kevin Keen has decided to leave Colchester United with immediate effect.

Kevin has worked tirelessly to try and turn around the fortunes of the club this season.

We wish Kevin all the best in his future career.

– Colchester United statement

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Colchester United bring in West Ham defender on loan

Leo Chambers (right) has joined Colchester United. Credit: PA

Colchester United have signed West Ham defender Leo Chambers on a month's loan.

The 20-year-old has played for the Hammers first team on three occasions.

Manager Kevin Keen will be hoping he can help plug a U's defence which has already conceded 78 goals this season.

Sam Hoskins is staying at Sixfields. Credit: PA

Meanwhile, Northampton Town striker Sam Hoskins has agreed a new two-and-a-half year contract at Sixfields.

Colchester goalkeeper Sam Walker nets new contract

Sam Walker joined the U's in January 2014 Credit: Colchester United

Colchester United goalkeeper Sam Walker has signed a new contract to extend his stay with the club.

Walker joined the U's on a permanent basis in January 2014 after two loan spells. He's signed a new two year contract, which secures his future through to the summer of 2018.

Walker picked an injury in the Capital One Cup tie against Reading in August. It's been four months since he was last on the pitch, but he's making good progress on his recovery.

"I am absolutely delighted to have secured my future with the club. We've been talking for a while and I am really pleased to get it sorted.I am pleased that I have got a bit of security to come back to after my injury recovery is complete.

I am looking forward to the new year because I'll be on the home straight then and it won’t be too long until I'm back around it and doing some sort of work on the training ground."

– Sam Walker, Colchester United

Kevin Keen makes his managerial debut with the U's on Saturday when they host Southend.

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