Norwich City old boys facing up to a drop into non league

Ian Culverhouse tries to get his point across alongside another ex-Norwich City stalwart in Chris Hu

Ian Culverhouse tries to get his point across alongside another ex-Norwich City stalwart in Chris Hughton. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Former Norwich City stalwart Ian Culverhouse once helped guide the Canaries to the Premier League from the depths of League One, but Paul Lambert's old assistant is now facing up to life in the National League at Dagenham and Redbridge.

Culverhouse returned to the game to become John Still's assistant in January after an abrupt exit from Aston Villa, having originally followed Lambert out of Carrow Road in 2012.

The Daggers' relegation from League Two was confirmed earlier this month but Culverhouse is confident Still is the right man to lead the club back to the Football League.

'I came in a couple of weeks after John and he was already planning for next year then and making sure we are well set-up,' said Culverhouse, who had a nine-year playing career at Norwich before returning to his old club with Lambert in 2009. 'It is 24/7 with John. He is never off the phone, always in meetings. He is talking to agents and getting the right people into this football club.

'John is fully aware and down the path of trying to rebuild this football club. Everyone knows he is committed to it and I don't think you could ask for a better person because he's experienced enough to know what is needed to make a challenge so he's very busy doing that at the moment. He has got out of next year's league numerous times.'

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Culverhouse is not the only former Canary at Dagenham, with well-travelled striker Jamie Cureton still on the books. The 40-year-old scored nine goals in 43 appearances this season but Culverhouse is convinced he still has the quality to make his mark.

'Jamie is a goalscorer and that has been the case throughout his career. He is a threat,' Culverhouse told his club's official site. 'We have to get him on the ball a lot more and put him in situations to be on the end of things. He is up for it.'

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