Culverhouse already making his mark as King’s Lynn boss
- Credit: Ian Burt
Ian Culverhouse has only been in charge at King's Lynn Town for a couple of weeks - but he has already started to stamp his mark on the team.
The new boss has overseen a couple of departures, signed a new defender on loan, brought another in from the cold and agreed a new deal with one of the Linnets' established stars.
After releasing Lee Stevenson and Dan Quigley, Culverhouse agreed a temporary deal with 21-year-old Lincoln City defender Kegan Everington before handing Chris Ward his first start of the season against Stratford.
Both men played the full 90 minutes as Lynn won 2-0 to give the new manager his first win - and there was more reason for optimism a couple of days later when it was announced that keeper Alex Street had signed a new two year contract, with the option of a year's extension.
'It was nice to get that bit of business done before the summer,' said Culverhouse on the eve of his third match in charge at bottom club Cinderford today. 'It's amazing how many games he has played for a lad who is still only 25 (309 appearances and counting). We're delighted he has committed his future to us because I believe he is one of the top keepers in this league.'
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The new manager was also pleased with the manner in which Ward rose to the challenge after being given a chance to impress.
'I've had a good look at the lads in the reserves and while obviously not all of them are going to make it there is some real talent in there,' he said. 'I brought Chris in last week and he showed what he could do. Between now and the end of season others will get a chance - it's all about preparing for next season.'
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While Culverhouse's focus is now very much on building a team capable of challenging for honours in 2017-18 he is well aware there are still nine fixtures to be played this season, and despite the Linnets being stuck firmly in mid-table he insists every single one of them is important.
'We'll be going all out to win them all - it's about building momentum,' he said. 'We had a good win last week and we want to build on that. Cinderford have had some decent results recently and are battling for their lives so we certainly won't be taking them lightly.'