King’s Lynn Town’s new manager believes two spells with leading non-league boss John Still will help make his transition into football management a smooth one.
Ian Culverhouse worked with Still at Barnet, and more recently at high-flying National League outfit Dagenham & Redbridge where he was his assistant.
And the former Norwich City defender feels that experience will only serve him well after stepping into the managerial hot seat at The Walks.
Culverhouse said: “John Still is the best. You’ve only got to look at his record in non-league and in the league and what he has achieved, it’s outstanding.
“I first worked with him previously at Barnet but we ended up going our separate ways.
“To go back and work with him at Dagenham & Redbridge, probably a little bit closer than I did before, was a great learning curve for me.
“It’s something I will treasure. I’ve learned a lot from him in the year that I had with him, both on the management side and the way to play and that lesson will be invaluable.
After several spells as an assistant boss, Culverhouse admitted he is relishing the challenge ahead of him.
“It’s always been an ambition of mine to be a number one,” he said.
“You take a little bit from everyone you’ve worked with. I’ve got my own ideas of how I want to play, the way I want to manage and the interaction I want to have with the players but if you can’t learn off of John Still then there must be something wrong with you.
“I’ve always been brought up with a passing style of football, but I’m not stupid and I know that pitches can dictate how you play at this level.
“We will look to get the ball down when we can and move it very, very quickly in the right areas.”
Lynn’s rookie chief sees no reason why the club can’t go on and emulate the success of Dagenham & Redbridge.
Culverhouse said: “When you look at Dagenham and what they’ve achieved over the years, why can’t we go on and do that here?
“There’s a great fan base and we’ve got to produce the goods on the pitch, but if we can do that then I’m sure the fans will get behind us.”
Culverhouse has called on the Lynn faithful to remain fully behind the team as the club look to mount a serious challenge for promotion next season.
“It’s not easy to win promotion from any league,” he said.
“From now until the end of the season is just analysing the squad, every player will get a chance. What’s gone is gone, and then it’s just assessing what I need to challenge next year because this club needs to challenge next year, that’s very, very important.
“There’s going to be a lot of hard work and many hours put in during the summer to make sure we are ready.”
He added: “We won’t win every game, but we will go into every game wanting to win and playing with plenty of energy.
“I want the fans to give the players a chance as there will be times when we really need them.
“The support here and from what I’ve seen at away games will be invaluable to us.
“If they can get behind us and help to drive us forward, I’m sure there will be good times ahead.”