King's Lynn Town boss thanks fellow National League boss for pointing him in the right direction
Ian Culverhouse has thanked a fellow National League manager for helping him regain his focus during a tough first season in non-league's top flight.
The King's Lynn Town boss admitted he lost his way midway through the campaign as the club came to terms with the new level.
And it hasn't got any easier for the Linnets chief who has seen players leave and or be placed on furlough and new faces come in due to the financial impacts of Covid-19 and being forced to play behind closed doors.
Culverhouse said: "It's been the longest season ever, It has always been one step forwards two steps back here.
"Even at the start of the season we lost our two centre-forwards (Adam Marriott and Michael Gash) through injury and once you miss a pre-season then it is so, so hard to get that back in your legs again.
"Then we had players leaving at certain times.
"And I lost my way as well halfway through the season where I got a little bit clouded in what I wanted to do and to be fair, I haven't made it public before, but I had a text from a certain manager in the league and he said 'don't lose your way, when you come up against us previously it was so hard to figure out what to do'.
"He said 'don't get clouded just because you felt you have to change your style - keep to your style'.
"And I thanked him a lot for that because that just put me back into place. I spoke to the players about it and they were in agreement, they wanted the identity to stay, I was a little bit muddled.
"It has been a great season for me because I have made mistakes, massive mistakes, in the way I was going and to come back on line again and restructure it has been a massive learning curve for all of us, it really has, and it has been a really tough time.
"But we have got another shot at it and we certainly won't make the same mistakes gain."
The Lynn boss has vowed to stick to his footballing philosophies as he continues to try to develop and get the best out of the players at his disposal.
Playing the King's Lynn way saw both Cameron Norman and Frazer-Black Tracy got moves into the Football League, Kairo Mitchell was sold to league rivals Chesterfield for a substantial fee while midfielder Sonny Carey is the latest player to attract a flock of league scouts to The Walks.
"It's an environment you create as a football club," said Culverhouse.
"We train that way and we'll play that way, it's drummed into them. Yes we are going to lose games as we are gambling with the ball but I want to play this way as I'd rather watch it.
"There's going to be more successful teams who get the ball into the channels, squeeze and play for a long throw and there are teams who we have come up against who are probably at the top end, but I believe that you produce better players this way.
"I'd rather develop players this way so they can handle the ball."