By Chris Milsom
FOOTBALL: Whether King’s Lynn Town are promoted to the National League or remain at Step Three of non-League football next season, they will need a new manager following the resignation of Ian Culverhouse.
The former Norwich City star announced his decision to quit at The Walks in an interview in The Non-League Paper on Sunday.
“There have been a lot of things going on behind the scenes this year that I’ve had to question,” he said. “People see a winning team on the pitch and they think everything is rosy, but there have been some issues, which I’m not sure will be resolved.”
But Culverhouse was quick to thank the Linnets for the opportunity he had enjoyed.
“Lynn is a great football club with some really good people and has a terrific fan base. I couldn’t have asked for a better club to start with. I’ll always appreciate the opportunity they gave me.”
He insisted he had nothing lined up and was keen to ensure Lynn were promoted via the play-offs in his final weeks with the club.
“It’s then a case of getting myself back in somewhere and a new project,” he explained.
“I’d love to manage in a higher league, it all depends what the football club is after and it has to be the right fit for me.”
Club chairman Stephen Cleeve was disappointed with Culverhouse’s announcement and said: “The whole thing is ridiculous and it’s a sad day. Ian’s contract allowed him to give us three months’ notice, which he did in February. I didn’t want to advertise it at that point and derail everything the team were achieving on the pitch.
“It was agreed that we would sit down and talk again at the end of the season.”
But Cleeve is already seeking a replacement and said: “I’ve got one person in mind but nothing is guaranteed so the job is being advertised. It’s important that they are an excellent coach who is prepared to put in a pathway throughout the club from the younger age groups upwards.
“I want the new person in place, hopefully, by the end of May.”
Culverhouse’s team signed off their home league season with a 1-1 draw against St Neots.
Michael Gash saw a first half penalty saved but gave Lynn the lead with 12 minutes remaining only for Nabil Shariff to equalise.
The regular season ends tomorrow with a trip to Chesham but the Linnets will be in play-off action next week.
They won’t find out until the final whistle who they will meet and whether they are home or away, with just three points separating the four contenders going into the final round of fixtures.