King’s Lynn Town owner pledges to keep providing finances to help new boss Ian Culverhouse succeed

Ian Culverhouse is the new manager of King's Lynn Town FC. Also pictured (R) is chairman Stephen Cle

Ian Culverhouse is the new manager of King's Lynn Town FC. Also pictured (R) is chairman Stephen Cleeve. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Appointing former Norwich City and Aston Villa assistant manager Ian Culverhouse has got King's Lynn Town owner Stephen Cleeve excited for the future.

The Linnets chairman admitted earlier this week that his decision to sack long-serving boss Gary Setchell had been difficult but was delighted to reveal the new man in charge at The Walks.

'If you speak to guys in the game they'll tell you he's not just a good coach, he's the best coach that they've worked under,' Cleeve said.

'Ian's got great coaching abilities, without doubt I think his managerial potential is huge and we can build a football club together.

'It's a blank canvas and Ian is passionate about football and about growing the club and the various structures, so there couldn't be a better manager to take us forward.'

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Since buying the club from Buster Chapman last summer the Lynn supremo had found the funds to allow Setchell to keep improving his squad and he has pledged to continue doing that in pursuit of promotion from the Southern Premier Division.

'When I came here I said I wanted league football, ideally, and it wasn't just a cheap sound-bite, it was something that I meant,' he continued.

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'That's going to be hard but to get it right you've got to put the building blocks and the right people in place.

'I fully believe that Ian is the right man to do that. As he says, it's not going to be a walk in the park, it's going to be hard work. The only time success comes before work is in the dictionary, you have to put your heart and soul into it.

'From the investment side of things, I got off to a slow start because I didn't know the area – I know Norfolk, but didn't know King's Lynn particularly well – so I had to make a lot of contacts and I've made a lot of contacts now and it's getting a bit easier.

'Everyone is seeing how we're getting on and I hope the businesses in the area will take stock because it's great for the town if you have a successful football team and a team that's going somewhere because it brings people into the town and money into the town.

'I will do all I can to give Ian as much money I can to try and help his ambition.'

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