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Culverhouse suggests another former Canaries player could be his King’s Lynn successor

Could Simon Lappin succeed Ian Culverhouse as King's Lynn Town manager? Picture: Ian Burt

Could Simon Lappin succeed Ian Culverhouse as King's Lynn Town manager? Picture: Ian Burt

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Ian Culverhouse has suggested Simon Lappin could be the man to continue his good work at King’s Lynn Town this summer.

The Norwich City legend brought in former Canaries players Lappin and Grant Holt ahead of this season, although Holt moved up two levels to play for hometown club Barrow in the National League after just four games.

Scottish midfielder Lappin has remained though and played an integral part in Lynn’s promotion push in the Evo-Stik Southern Premier, scoring three goals in 37 games in all competitions.

The 35-year-old also assists outgoing manager Culverhouse – who has surprisingly announced he is leaving this summer ahead of the play-offs – with coaching and could be considered as his successor.

“I asked Ian’s opinion and he did suggest Lappin but I don’t know if he’s interested or not,” Linnets chairman Stephen Cleeve said.

“We’re going to advertise the position and if Lappin’s interested he’ll no doubt let me know. He did know before (that Culverhouse would be leaving) so he probably thought he’d wait until the end of the season, I guess.

“He’s an affable guy, a good role model as a professional, he’s done a lot, lives locally, doesn’t have to travel too much so we’ll just have to see whether he wants the job.

“Some players just want to coach, I’ve never really sat down and spoken with him about that.”

Lynn have begun their search, with Cleeve already revealing he has his eye on a potential candidate, ahead of their final game of the season at Chesham on Saturday.

With Kettering losing 3-2 at home to Tiverton on Tuesday, the Linnets know they will secure second – and home advantage for the play-offs – with a victory.

“It all depends who turns up and what’s available,” Cleeve said of the managerial search. “If someone turns up with experience, they’ve done it and have a proven track record then that’s great.

“Ideally a bit of a mixture, has done it at levels not massively below us, maybe had a bit of experience at our level or above.

“There’s a few people who have enquired about the role, I’ve been putting feelers out to people who are all different backgrounds.

“So I don’t think there’s a set criteria other than they have to want to play attractive football and have good coaching ability.”

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