King’s Lynn Town chairman Stephen Cleeve says he has “few friends” at the club he owns.
The Linnets are flying high in the National League North under the management of former Norwich City player and assistant manager Ian Culverhouse.
But that relationship has come under strain again in recent weeks, with Culverhouse publicly showing his frustration at the inability to bring in a central defender to cover for injuries.
For Lynn fans it is an unwelcome reminder of the split between the two which saw Culverhouse leave the club at the end of the 2017-18 season – before returning just over a year ago to mastermind promotion.
While gates are up, so are expenses, and Cleeve has gone public to argue his case.
“As a chairman I have noted how few friends I have at the club,” he wrote in his programme notes for Tuesday’s 5-2 home win over Leamington.
“I do not even need to use the fingers on one hand to count how many people support my corner and have my back.”