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Linnets boss expecting a tough challenge after going up

Ian Culverhouse is already plotting King's Lynn Town's path for next season after guiding the club back to the promised land of the National League.

After helping the Linnets return to Step 2 football for the first time since 2008, Culverhouse immediately turned his thoughts to the new challenges ahead.

The Lynn chief is under no illusions about the task in front of the club and is expected to sit down with chairman Stephen Cleeve to thrash out plans within the next fortnight.

Manager Ian Culverhouse. Picture: Tim Smith (10183118)
Manager Ian Culverhouse. Picture: Tim Smith (10183118)

Culverhouse said: "We will look at the retain list as people will move on because they haven't had the game time, but that's the nature of the beast.

"It would be lovely if we could keep the majority of the group together, but we've got to add players because that's a hell of a challenge what we are going into.

"It's a massive step up for us, so we're going to have to be ready for it, that's for sure."

Culverhouse has also revealed that his side's footballing philosophy won't change.

"I'm pleased with the way we are trying to play," he admitted.

"We knew it was going to be direct and hard up here (Warrington). We also know that the league we are going into will be very physical, but we won't change.

"I like the we play. We are a much better side when we play like that."

Meanwhile, it might be a regionalised league that King's Lynn Town are going in, but it might not feel like that next season for Linnets fans if they do get placed in the National League North.

Although the Linnets will still have three local-ish games against Boston United, Kettering Town and Brackley Town next season, the travelling will be mammoth with trips to the likes of Chester, Hereford, Southport, Blyth Spartans and Spennymoor on the horizon.

With all four sides relegated from the National League in 2018/19 very southerly indeed, it appears likely that one or two sides from the National League South, possibly Oxford City or Gloucester City, may face the prospect of being switched across.

The final make up of the league is expected to be ratified at the National League AGM on June 8 at Celtic Manor, in Newport.


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