Norfolk Senior Cup success signals start of hard work for King's Lynn Town boss Ian Culverhouse
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The Ian Culverhouse era is up and running and the King's Lynn Town boss is already relishing the prospect of next season.
Culverhouse replaced long-serving Gary Setchell in mid-February with the Linnets having little to play for in the Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division table.
After finishing 13th at step three of non-league the former Norwich City and Aston Villa assistant led his new club to Norfolk Senior Cup glory, beating Fakenham 2-0 at Carrow Road to take his record to six wins in 13 games.
“This gives us a little bit of momentum and silverware but now the hard work starts,” the Canaries legend said.
“The season has gone on for ever this year and we’ve probably only got about six weeks and then we’re back into it again. But I’m looking forward to next year and trying to develop a squad that will challenge, that’s the main thing.”
Culverhouse and chairman Stephen Cleeve are now expecting a busy summer, with a new pitch already laid at The Walks and midfielder Jacek Zielonka released despite playing all of Monday’s final triumph.
“We’ve got a few irons in the fire but at this time of the year players don’t like to commit too early,” the Lynn boss continued. “So you’ve got to play the game but we’re close on a couple that we just need to dot the Is and cross the Ts, so it’s getting there.”
The former full-back made 369 appearances for Norwich and was also assistant to Paul Lambert for three years, so enjoyed his return.
“It was good but it’s not about me as a manager,” he added, with a smile. “It’s about the players, all I can do is give them a little bit of advice and help when it’s needed and they deserve all the rewards they get.
“It’s a fantastic place, I’ve got great memories here.”
Goal-scorer and captain Michael Clunan was pleased with the professionalism shown by the Lynn squad, having gone a month since their final league game.
“It was a tough night but we’re glad to finish the season off with some silverware,” the midfielder added. “It was a difficult time and credit to the lads, they’ve shown a bit of discipline.
“We knew we couldn’t be on the beach sipping Pina Coldadas and we’ve kept ourselves fit, we trained on Thursday and then put in a big performance.”