Ian Culverhouse hoping Norwich City can help him to succeed as King's Lynn Town manager

PUBLISHED: 19:37 23 February 2017 | UPDATED: 10:18 24 February 2017

Ian Culverhouse is the new manager of King's Lynn Town FC. Picture: Ian Burt

Ian Culverhouse is the new manager of King's Lynn Town FC. Picture: Ian Burt

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Norwich City legend Ian Culverhouse is back in Norfolk football and is hoping his Canaries links can help him to succeed with King's Lynn Town.

The City Hall of Fame member was officially unveiled as Linnets manager at The Walks this afternoon and admitted he hopes to build bridges between the county’s two highest level clubs.

“There’s a few different faces there but I’ve still got a few friends there I know really well and I could be on the phone shortly!” the 52-year-old said with a smile as he discussed his plans.

As well as making 369 appearances for the Canaries, ranking him 13th in the club’s all-time appearances, Culverhouse enjoyed success as Paul Lambert’s assistant between 2009 and 2012.

Along with head of football operations Gary Karsa they led Norwich from League One to Premier League stability before leaving for Aston Villa.

“Working with Paul for nine years as I did, it was very sour how it ended, I can’t go in to that unfortunately,” Culverhouse said, referring to the internal disciplinary investigation where saw him and Karsa lose their jobs.

“It’s one of those things when you look back, what a journey it was, we worked well together. Paul and I with Gary Karsa, it was a good little combination, and I look back on it with real fond memories.”

The former right-back had been working as assistant to John Still at National League promotion chasers Dagenham & Redbridge before succeeding Gary Setchell in a whirlwind 24 hours earlier this week. Now he hopes to rebuild his reputation, as a manager.

“What came out of Villa wasn’t nice so now is a chance to put things right,” he continued.

“It’s a great opportunity for me to actually show people what I can do and I’m grateful for Stephen (Cleeve, chairman) for giving me that opportunity.”

Culverhouse joins with the Linnets in mid-table in the Evo-Stik Premier Division with 11 games of the season remaining and is looking forward to getting started away at high-flying Hitchin on Saturday.

“It was the whole package really, to come back and have an input, the chance to be a number one, in an area that has a fantastic catchment area,” Culverhouse added. “I can see a lot of good things for this football club.”

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