Ian Culverhouse is still pointing the way for King’s Lynn Town.

Success guarantees one thing in football.

And that’s admiring glances from other clubs – often those living life higher up the food chain. A player or manager does well at a lower level, gets interest from a club at a higher division, leaves to join them to further their career, former team introduces new player and so the cycle begins again.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re playing at North West Norfolk League level or in the Football League, when one of the big-hitters comes calling, most will be tempted by the chance to test themselves at a better level or bigger club.

The temptation when you’re playing at the higher echelons of the part-time game is even greater, considering the next step is usually to full-time ranks. 

So with so many hidden gems lurking in the National League set-up, many trying to find their way back into the professional scene, and budgets tighter than ever, it’s hardly a surprise that bigger fish go lurking below.

King’s Lynn Town boss Ian Culverhouse is a prime candidate for those who are trying to land a catch in the semi-pro pond. He’s played and managed as an assistant at the professional level. And has enjoyed glory with the Linnets.

Any manager who adds a promotion to their CV immediately finds their way on to plenty of radars. 

When that person has a wealth of Football League experience and contacts, the name is detected by even more in the game. Throw in an outstanding start after going up, as Lynn are enjoying, then Culverhouse’s stock may never be as high as it is right now.

The odds for him to become the next Lincoln City manager started to come in alarmingly last week but have drifted since. Yet Michael Flynn’s decision to stay at Newport County, after seemingly being the odds-on favourite, has opened the door again.

Culverhouse might not walk through it this time. 

But he’s left The Walks once before, so don’t be surprised if he exits in the future – especially if a League One or Two club comes calling.

Fact file

Name: Ian Culverhouse

Age: 54

Clubs played for: Tottenham, Norwich City, Swindon, Kingstonian and Brighton 

Clubs assistant managed: Colchester, Norwich City,
Aston Villa

Clubs managed: King’s Lynn Town x 2, Grantham

Gentleman’s agreement

• When our skipper Jack Johnson kept begging for a mention in my column, I told him he’d get a bullet point if he played well on Saturday.

Johnson plugged the very few gaps that arrived in our defence during Gayton’s 2-1 win against Brandon expertly. I look forward to him helping us get out of more holes this term. 

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