Ian Culverhouse has admitted the King’s Lynn Town fans will be a big part of his motivation as he looks to assemble a team supporters ‘can be proud of’.
The new Linnets boss takes charge of his first game on home soil tomorrow when his side entertain Stratford Town at The Walks.
And the former Norwich City defender wants to give the club’s faithful followers a team that delivers the kind of football, performances and results they crave.
Culverhouse said: “The fans drive all football clubs and help to keep them alive. This club gets fantastic support and I want to give them something to be proud of.”
Despite only being a few days into his new job, he was given a warm reception by the club’s travelling supporters last week, even though they had to endure a 5-0 defeat at Hitchin.
“I met some lovely people at Hitchin and several fans came to speak to me,” revealed Culverhouse.
“The fans were exceptional but collectively we let them down. I want them to give us a chance by looking at the bigger picture and what we are trying to achieve.
“The Stratford game gives us a chance to show what we’re all about and rectify what happened last weekend.
“We’ve got ten games to go and I’m sure the players will want to put the performance from last week right.”
Lynn’s full-time manager believes implementing an extensive scouting network will play a key part in the club’s future and he intends to leave no stone unturned in his quest for success.
There will be a carefully structured recruitment process throughout the summer and Culverhouse has been honest about his aspirations for the Linnets.
“I’m looking to recruit three or four good footballing people to go out and watch local games,” said Culverhouse.
“As a club we should be the first to know what local talent is about and, if possible, we want that talent playing for this football club.
“I’ve had a very busy week. I went to watch Norwich under-23s on Monday night and their U18s against Leicester on the Tuesday.
“It’s about making contacts and making sure that everything is in place ready for next season.”
Culverhouse, who also ran the rule over the reserves at Haverhill Borough on Wednesday night, has hinted that unless the club can find their own facility then training may have to be moved outside of the town.
“It’s a great facility at Lynnsport but we can’t seem to get on it and when we do we only end up having a third of the pitch which isn’t ideal,” he said.
“I’ve been searching high and low for somewhere else for us to train as I want to remain in the heart of the community.
“It would be a great shame to have to take the football club elsewhere. One thing I didn’t want to do was to move away from the town, but we may not be left with any choice.”