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Ryan Jarvis believes he is learning from the master – Norwich City legend Ian Culverhouse.
The former Canaries striker is heading towards the twilight of his career with a vital holding midfield role at King's Lynn Town, where Culverhouse has engineered a remarkable start to the new campaign following promotion last season.
Jarvis has become an increasingly important cog in the machine off the pitch, stepping up his coaching influence alongside Culverhouse and assistant manager Paul Bastock.
The legs are still serving him well, albeit with managed rest, but Jarvis - a coach with Norwich City's Community Sports Foundation set-up - is eager to pick up as much as he can from Culverhouse, whose team are earning plaudits for their cultured style of play.
"I have a group of players that I coach throughout the week and obviously it is stupid of me to not take any tips from Ian because he is a fantastic coach and probably one of the best - if not the best - I have worked under to be honest," said the 33-year-old.
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Culverhouse was recently linked with the Lincoln City managerial vacancy following the departure of Danny Cowley - a rumour he dismissed out of hand. But Jarvis admits the Linnets boss - who has coached in the Premier League with Norwich City and Aston Villa - is managing below his true level.
"He shouldn't be at this level," said Jarvis. "Obviously I want to keep him here, but he is fantastic and every time he is on the training pitch I am watching him, taking ideas, I'm taking sessions and listening to his team talks and his knowledge is great. He is fantastic."
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Culverhouse has taken Lynn to third in the National League North table ahead of a daunting trip to one of Jarvis' former clubs, York City, this weekend.
"It is great playing for the manager because I have not had too many managers over my career who have embraced that type of football and he has brought a squad together over the last two, two and a half years, that has all bought into his philosophy and every single player on that pitch is capable of playing the way he wants to play," said Jarvis "It is so enjoyable.
"To play that type of football at this level is probably unheard of at this level."