Who is Ian Culverhouse? Kings Lynn boss bursts into next Lincoln manager market

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 10 September 2019, 11:09

In the immediate aftermath of Danny Cowley’s departure to Huddersfield Town the next Lincoln manager market featured the likes of Michael Flynn, Gareth Ainsworth, and Phil Parkinson in the upper echelons of the betting.

Come Monday night and John Terry, assistant head coach at Aston Villa, had cannonballed into the frame.

But now the above quartet have been joined by a surprise name. Step forward: Ian Culverhouse.

Playing Days

Culverhouse is a Hall of Famer at Norwich City, a club he made in excess of 300 appearances for in the mid-80s and mid-90s, during which he helped the Canaries win promotion to the old First Division, a 3rd place finish in the Premier League (1992/93), and then that memorable European journey in the subsequent season.

READ: Who will replace Danny Cowley at Lincoln City?

Prior to this Culverhouse picked up a UEFA Cup medal with Spurs, and later played for Swindon, Brighton and Kingstonian.

Coach-Turned-Assistant

After hanging up his boats Culverhouse ventured into coaching with the Brighton youth teams, before taking up various coaching positions at Barnet and Leyton Orient.

Culverhouse then formed a managerial partnership with Paul Lambert, with whom he assisted at Wycombe Wanderers, Colchester, and Norwich who lifted the League One title in 2009/10, then won promotion up to the Premier League the following campaign.

Culverhouse followed Lambert to Aston Villa in 2012 but was suspended-then-sacked in 2014 following a breakdown in relations with Lambert - the pair reportedly had a heated confrontation in the dressing room prior to Villa’s clash at Crystal Palace.

They haven’t worked together since.

Manager

In 2017 Culverhouse branched out in his own right in the managerial arena when he was appointed by King's Lynn Town, who he led to second spot in the Southern League Premier Division, but missed out on promotion following a 2-1 defeat to Slough Town in the play-off final.

Culverhouse left following a reported breakdown with the club’s chairman, had a short spell at the helm of Grantham Town, only to return to King's Lynn in November.

This time around he propelled his troops to promotion following a dramatic 3-2 play-off victory over Warrington Town. Now, 10 games into the new season, King's Lynn are top of the National League North with 23 points to their name.

Next Step Lincoln?

At the time of writing Culverhouse is the second favourite (4/1) for the new Lincoln vacancy, behind Newport County boss Michael Flynn.

There’s no evidence to suggest that he’s been approached by Lincoln, or if the League One outfit are even keen on his services, although Lincolnshire Live reports that he applied for the job back in 2009.

While Culverhouse has previously been a success as an assistant manager, as an outright manager he's now making a name for himself at non-league level, but Lincoln are three divisions above his current club which is a huge rise up the managerial ladder.

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