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King’s Lynn Town new manager should be a promotion winner, says club boss

PUBLISHED: 13:31 10 September 2018 | UPDATED: 10:12 11 September 2018

King's Lynn Town chairman Stephen Cleeve. Picture: Ian Burt

King's Lynn Town chairman Stephen Cleeve. Picture: Ian Burt

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King’s Lynn Town’s new manager should be a promotion winner, the club’s chairman says.

The Linnets manager was given the boot last night after only seven matches in charge.

Clark had replaced Ian Culverhouse in June but had been given his marching orders on Sunday along with assistants Sam Gaughran and Lee Beevers.

The club is currently in 19th place after winning just one of the opening seven games this season.

Club chairman Stephen Cleeve said the decision was “difficult but vital”, describing Clark as “a great person and a lovely guy.”

He added: “He’s got a great career and future ahead of him, I think he’s a good coach and he’s very thorough, but I need to get the right person in.”

The Linnets were almost promoted to the National League - formerly the Conference - last season under Ian Culverhouse, but they lost 2-1 to Slough in the play-off final at The Walks in May.

When asked what qualities he will be looking for in a new manager, Cleeve said: “I think the right person is someone who has won promotions before. Someone that has done well in a non-league club.”

He said that although the decision to sack Clark may have been too soon, he may have thought differently if the club had won the match against Histon, which ended with a 2-2 draw.

But he added: “If we get knocked out of the cup and we have no games in the following week, it drags on to the end of September and I thought that was it. There is never a perfect time to do these things.

“We haven’t played as well as last season, nowhere near it, it’s not like we have a whole new team.

“I think a lot of the players feel they are the ones to blame, some of the conscientious ones feel that way.”

Mr Cleeve said talks are under way with potential future managers and an announcement could be made within 12 days.

The club is under interim management by youth team boss Neil Fryatt and club development manager Robbie Back for Tuesday’s replay in Cambridgeshire.

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