Former Norwich City defender – now manager at Milton Keynes Dons – tips King's Lynn Town for further progress
King's Lynn Town welcome Premier League Norwich City to The Walks on Friday – with a former Canaries player tipping the Linnets for further progression on the pitch.
MK Dons manager Russell Martin believes King’s Lynn Town are going the right way under his old coach, Ian Culverhouse, who was assistant boss at Carrow Road during his playing days.
Culverhouse has already led Lynn to their highest level of football in the club's history and Martin has been nothing but impressed with what his old boss has achieved.
The pair renewed acquaintances on the touchline on Tuesday night as their respective clubs opened their pre-season schedules.
Martin, now in charge at Stadium MK, believes that Culverhouse's biggest asset is getting the best out of young players.
"He trusts in young players in terms of creating assets for the club," he said.
"He's shown that already with Sonny (Carey) going and bring a lot of money in for the football club which is fantastic.
"If you can keep a group of players together long enough, which will be the biggest challenge I think because the way they like he likes to play is only going to improve players and attract others to them, then the club is probably in the best place it has been for some time.
"He's a fantastic coach first and foremost and his background before I met him at Wycombe was in youth development and he had a stint at Leyton Orient as well.
"His main ability is improving players and he did that with me. He has to take a lot of credit for how he approached me in my career.
"I'd never played at right-back until I met him before at Wycombe and he played there a lot so he had a lot of input with me."
Scott Twine scored twice, and Max Watters added a third as MK Dons ran out 3-1 winners at The Walks, with Cameron King replying for the Linnets with a cracking strike.
On the game, Martin added: “It was a really competitive game, I really enjoyed it.
“King’s Lynn are a really good team, they play the right way and that is why we came here.
"It is a long way to come for us but the points is we wanted a competitive game in the first place against a manager who I know would approach it in the right way and it was certainly that.
"It served it's purpose, and we played against a good team who made it a good test for the guys.
“I had him (Culverhouse) at Wycombe for two years before Norwich and obviously went to work with him again at Norwich.
"He is a guy I respect a lot, he’s done a lot for me in my career, fantastic coach, brilliant guy.
“I followed King’s Lynn a bit last year because of him and the Norfolk connection – obviously a lot of young guys who I was with at Norwich who are now playing here – and I really enjoyed some of the stuff.
"I watched a lot of it, they play a really attractive style and I am really pleased for him, it seems to be going well. He’s got the place rocking and rolling.”
Friday night's clash will give Norfolk football fans their first glimpse of the Canaries since their promotion from the Championship.
Since Tuesday, Lynn have confirmed that both midfielder Jordan Richards and striker Dayle Southwell have both left the club with the latter joining Alfreton in the National League North.