Former Norwich City defender Ian Culverhouse has been named as the new manager of Evo-Stik League Southern club King’s Lynn Town.

The former Canaries star was named as the successor to Gary Setchell on Wednesday, following Setchell’s surprise departure from the Walks Stadium.
That move brought to an end Setchell’s seven-year stay with the Linnets, in a move that shocked many in local non-league football.

However, the Linnets have moved on quickly and have named Culverhouse as their new manager.

Bishop’s Stortford born Culverhouse began his playing career with Tottenham Hotspur in 1982, making two appearances for the North London club.

In 1985 he made a move to Norwich City, spending the next nine seasons at Carrow Road and becoming a mainstay of the squad that went on to gain promotion into the First Division in his first season at the club.

Culverhouse was a regular in the Canaries line-up when they finished second in the inaugural Premier League season, qualifying for the UEFA Cup in 1993.

And it was during the 1993/94 season that he played a part in one of the Canaries greatest nights.

Culverhouse played the whole ninety minutes as the Norfolk side travelled to Bayern Munich in the Second Round of the UEFA Cup and secured a 2-1 win against the German giants, partly thanks to a wonderful Jeremy Goss volley.

A 1-1 draw at Carrow Road saw Norwich put a Bayern side containing the likes of Lothar Matthaus, Christian Ziege and Jan Wouters, out of the competition, securing a Third Round tie against Inter Milan.

Culverhouse actually missed the away tie against Inter as the Canaries exited the competition.

Culverhouse left Carrow Road in 1994, having made just under three hundred appearances for the club.

He went on to play for Swindon Town, Kingstonian and Brighton and Hove Albion before retiring in 2000.

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His coaching career began in 2008, when he was named as assistant manager to Paul Lambert at Colchester United.

Culverhouse made a return to Norwich in 2009, when he followed Lambert to Carrow Road, again taking up the position as his assistant manager.

The duo worked together once more when Lambert was named as Aston Villa manager in July 2012, leaving the club in May 2014.

He has also worked at Dagenham and Redbridge and his appointment as King’s Lynn Town manager marks his first move into a senior management role.

He will hope to help the club improve their current league position, with the Linnets sat in thirteenth position in the Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division.

Culverhouse will make his managerial debut in Saturday’s away game at Hitchin Town.

Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)
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