New Linnets boss Ian Culverhouse talked exclusively to YLP on his way to his first press conference yesterday, after being held up by a two-lorry crash on the M11, thanks to Storm Doris.
The former assistant manager at Dagenham and Redbridge, who was appointed new King’s Lynn boss on Wednesday after Gary Setchell packed his bags, was dashing to his first Linnets appointment with the press, but took time out to have a quick word, hands-free, with YLP as he drove back into West Norfolk.
Culverhouse, 52, who was last in Norfolk as assistant manager at Norwich City, told YLP: “I’m driving through this Doris storm. I’m looking forward to working with the guys and with the owner, it should be great.
“I have talked with the chairman over the last couple of days and he is very enthusiastic.
“It’s very exciting.
“I like the programme that is being set out. I want to play football and it gives you so much to get a grip on.
“It’s great being back in the area, as I was in Norwich before, so it’s a place, an area I know well.
“This is a great opportunity and I am going to take it.”
Culverhouse, who has also been assistant manager at Colchester United and Aston Villa after making almost 300 appearances for Norwich City as a defender over a nine-year period, spoke to YLP as he raced to his first press conference as the Linnets’ new gaffer.
In a dramatic turn of events, King’s Lynn announced the departure of manager Gary Setchell on Tuesday night.
Setchell was appointed joint manager with Kevin Boon when the club was reformed and took the role alone in October 2011, taking Lynn to promotion from the United Counties League in the 2011-12 season and champions of the Northern Premier League Division One South the following season. The Linnets have remained at Level Three of the non-League pyramid since, with Setchell notching his competitive 300th game in charge in October 2015 and ending with a total of 384.
An official statement released on the club’s website said: “King’s Lynn Town FC wish to announce that Gary Setchell has left the club as first team manager.
“Stephen Cleeve, chairman of King’s Lynn Town, would like to place on record his thanks to Gary for his years of service both before and since his arrival at the club.”
Cleeve called it “the hardest decision that I have ever had to make”, but felt that it was necessary to take stock as the end of the season approaches.
“It is important to Stephen that the club is challenging for the play-offs. Sadly, this season we have fallen short in our agreed target and while the blame for this does not lie by any means solely at Gary’s door, it is imperative that the club moves forward next season and are genuinely involved in the promotion race.
“League football is still very much the aim of the club, and after weeks of thought the chairman felt it was in the club’s interest to act swiftly.
“The club would like to wish Gary well for the future and he will be assured a warm welcome whenever he visits The Walks Stadium.”
Thanking his home town club, Setchell said: “The chairman said he thought I could get the club to the conference, but that I wouldn’t be able to get the club any further.
“I’m bitterly disappointed.”
On his personal Facebook page he posted late on Wednesday night: “A rollercoaster 24-hours. A massive thank you to all the kind words and messages, to be manager of my home town club for seven years was a huge honour and win, lose or draw was proud in all 384 games.
“To the current players and the ex-players I would like to thank you for the special memories.”