FOOTBALL: The dust has only just settled on King’s Lynn Town’s season but I suspect news of the appointment of Barrie Pierpoint as chief executive will be welcomed by many.
It proves that the club are not sitting on their hands enjoying the great weather of the last few days.
His previous experience shows why Lynn chairman Stephen Cleeve was keen to get Mr Pierpoint on his side going forward.
Although the precise details of what Pierpoint’s role will cover have not ben revealed, it appears that generating extra income via various avenues will be at the top of his ‘to do’ list, along with fostering better relations between the club and supporters. That is something I have banged on about in this column for a while.
I read with interest that a supporters forum is being planned for next month when fans will be able to meet the club’s new CEO, which I’m sure will be a ‘getting to know you’ exercise for both sides.
I often read that the club doesn’t communicate enough with its fan base so here is the perfect opportunity to go along and see and hear what the plans are for next season’s National League North campaign.
I look forward also to seeing what Mr Pierpoint’s plans are for increasing the club’s commercial activities.
In my time in the club’s commercial department I found it difficult to gain traction getting new business involved and interested in all things Lynn. My major achievement was to secure Charmed Interiors, run by local businessman Jason Sutton as the main shirt sponsor. I was pleased to read that Jason and his company have agreed to continue in their role for a third season.
I’m sure that Barrie knows he has really got something to get his teeth into. I have been asked to attend a meeting with him shortly for a chat about the club’s media plans.
Someone we will be unlikely to see at The Walks next season is former manager Ian Culverhouse. Along with his coaching staff of Paul Bastock and Joe Simpson, he left Kettering Town last weekend. In a statement issued by the club’s owner Richie Jeune he said: “It’s a situation where there are fundamental differences between us. The relationship between the manager and the club is paramount and if we are to succeed, we feel it best for everyone if we look at a different direction.”
There is no doubting the job done by Culverhouse and his staff, who only missed out on a play-off spot by failing to win their last game of the season and it was a shock to me when I read the story last Sunday.
I have no idea what happened and I will never speculate.
However, I was surprised when Ian first took the job as the pitch there has never been one of the best and was not ideally suited to the way he likes his teams to play.
I’m sure it will not be that long before Ian is back in the game because his coaching skills are second to none, as we saw at The Walks.