As disappointed as King’s Lynn Town chairman Steve Cleeve is to be losing manager Ian Culverhouse this summer, he knows it comes with the territory.
The former Norwich City and Aston Villa assistant manager is on target to hit an incredible 100 points in his first full season, if victory at eighth-placed Chesham can be secured on Saturday. That would also seal second place and home advantage for the play-offs, which is why the timing of Culverhouse revealing his approaching exit has infuriated the Linnets chief.
However, Cleeve was always aware success would see Culverhouse linked with higher level clubs – although a summer move to Cambridge United was dismissed as speculation last week.
“The problem for King’s Lynn is that until we get into the Football League it’s always going to be tough to retain a good manager, you do well and he gets people interested in him,” Lynn’s chairman said.
“It’s not like we don’t have scouts come and watch us. The other game we had Rotherham, we’ve had Middlesbrough, MK Dons, so every week we’ve got two or three scouts turning up.
“That’s for players and if you have a manager who is doing well then it can be difficult to hang on to him, that’s the way it is.”
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