Twitter name: @jeffkennaleague
Since: 2005 (co-founder and chairman)
Last season: 18th (relegated)
Trophy cabinet: Champions 2005/06, Canesten Combi Cup winner 2006, treble in 2009/2010 (league, cup, Dr Khumalo World Cup 2010)
Sympathies: Kidderminster Harriers
Darts music: Let Me Be Your Fantasy – Baby D
Outlook (on 27 September 2013): As both Kenna chairman and competitor, the former Vasco De Beauvoir manager faces an increasingly inescapable conundrum. At the reins of Kenna HQ, the chairman has seen the league swell in popularity and elan with a record 20 managers last season enjoying unprecedented attendance at transfer windows. In charge of Vasco De Beauvoir, the manager has overseen the club’s steady decline since the treble-winning year of 2010, resulting in a slump to relegation for the first time. Indifferent to the Kenna’s overall success, the powers that be at Vasco had enough. Despite bringing them more glory than any other team in the league’s history the manager was handed his P45 in May.
Taking the number 67 bus from De Beauvoir deeper into north London, the chairman has found new employ at Klub Sportowy in West Green, where the streets are literally paved with empty Polish beer cans. The Worcestershire man may be from the pear county, but five weeks into the season his tenure is failing to bear much fruit. Ashley Williams, Nathaniel Clyne and £40m Sergio Aguero may be justifying their expense, but the manager is beset by injury and loss of form.
The Ox made an impressive first 45 minutes to the season, but hasn’t played since. ‘Release’ Bryan Ruiz pulled up right in front of the manager’s nose at Craven Cottage two weeks ago. Andre Schurrle, who averages a goal every three games for club and country, is struggling to make an impact and looks like he will soon share a similar fate to Graham Dorrans and Wes Hoolahan – and lose his place in the starting line up. Mark Hudson captained his side last season but now can’t get a place in the team. Jordi Spence is on loan in the lower divisions. Anders Lindegaard is getting as much time in goal at Old Trafford as Anders Breivik.
So while KS West Green may not be in line for any traditional Kenna silverware, they’re surely an early favourite in the Little Maddy award for least appearances stakes.
(B) = player awarded under the Titus Bramble ruling
|De Jong, L||NEW||£5m|
First transfer window – 5 October 2013
Starting budget: £13.5m, remaining budget: £5m, net loss: £8.5m
|GK||Lindegaard, A||MUN||Free||GK||Speroni, J||C RY||£0.5m|
|DEF||Spence, J (TB)||WHU||Free||DEF||Davies, C||HUL||£0.5m|
|DEF||Hudson, M||CAR||Free||DEF||Whittaker, S||NOR||£5.0m|
|MID||Dorrans, G||WBA||Free||MID||Barry, G||EVE||£0.5m|
|MID||Hoolahan, W||NOR||Free||MID||Whittingham, P||CAR||£2m|
Second transfer window – 7 February 2014
Starting budget: £15m, remaining budget: £5m, net loss: £10m
|DEF||Whittaker, S||NOR||Free||DEF||Bardsley, P||SUN||£5m|
|STR||Ruiz, B||FUL||Free||STR||De Jong, L||NEW||£5m|