UPDATE: King’s Lynn Town appoint Ian Culverhouse as new manager

The Walks stadium home of King's Lynn Town Football Club
The Walks stadium home of King's Lynn Town Football Club

King’s Lynn Town’s playing squad will meet their new manager for the first time tonight.

Ian Culverhouse will take charge of his first training session at The Walks once he has addressed the media at an afternoon press conference.

The former Tottenham, Norwich City and Swindon Town defender has signed a two-and-a-half year full-time deal with Lynn.

Culverhouse, who was assistant manager to John Still at Dagenham & Redbridge in the National League, has replaced previous boss Gary Setchell who was relieved of his duties on Tuesday night.

Culverhouse, 52, brings a wealth of experience to The Walks.

On the appointment, Linnets chairman Stephen Cleeve said: “I’m absolutely humbled and delighted to bring in Ian Culverhouse as manager at King’s Lynn Football Club.

“I’ve been looking for someone with the potential to take the club forward to the next level and I believe that in Ian Culverhouse we’ve got our man.”

A statement on the club’s website read: “King’s Lynn Town Football Club are pleased to announce Ian Culverhouse as the club’s new, full-time, first team manager.

“Ian made almost 300 appearances for Norwich City over a nine year career and almost 100 appearances for Swindon Town.

“More recently, Ian has been assistant manager at Colchester United, Norwich City and Aston Villa and this season has been carrying out the same role at Dagenham and Redbridge.

“Ian will be introduced to the press tomorrow at The Walks and will take charge of the team for the first time on Saturday when we travel to Hitchin Town.”

After ending his playing career at Brighton and Hove Albion, Culverhouse began coaching at Brighton where he looked after the youth team.

Spells as youth team coach followed at Barnet, Leyton Orient and Wycombe Wanderers before being named as assistant manager to Paul Lambert at Colchester United.

Culverhouse followed Lambert to Norwich City in 2009 and, three years later, made the switch with Lambert to Aston Villa.

He left Villa in his second season before eventually taking up his role with the Daggers.

The immediate appointment has also been confirmed by Dagenham in a statement, saying: “Ian was John Still’s first addition to his team management when returning to the Daggers just over a year ago but the former Norwich City defender has always expressed his ambition of managing a club.

“Although not wanting him to leave, the club will not stand in his way and would like to place on record a big thank you for the service he has given to Dagenham & Redbridge FC and to wish him every success with the Linnets.”