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King’s Lynn appoint interim manager after sacking their boss following woeful start

King’s Lynn appoint an interim manager after sacking their boss following the woeful start to their campaign in the National League.

Th Linnets have confirmed that the experienced non league player and assistant manager Paul Bastock be in charge of first team affairs until the club appoint a new man for the dugout.

Bastock will remain at the helm for a temporary basis after the club parted company with manager Ian Culverhouse by mutual consent on Monday.


King’s Lynn Town FC can confirm that following a number of meetings and discussions over the past few days between club chairman Stephen Cleeve and the manager Ian Culverhouse, that a mutual agreement has been reached for Ian Culverhouse to leave his role as manager of the club. Club Chairman Stephen Cleeve and Ian Culverhouse both agreed this action is in the best interest of the club going forward.

Stephen Cleeve said “There is no doubting that Ian played an important and integral part in our recent history, not least in gaining back to back promotions. However, football is a results driven business and given this season’s results and our home form, it was simply not fair to allow the situation to drift any longer for the club or for Ian. I would like to place on record my thanks for what Ian has done at the club and would like to wish him well in his future footballing career.”

We are now inviting applications for our next manager and to find the right person to take us forward. Applications should be sent to chairman@kltown.co.uk

The club said further: “Currently we are at the wrong end of the National League table and the new manager will be tasked with turning that situation around, putting in a plan to ensure stability and safety this season and then to develop the club, with the aim of playing league football in the near future.

“Money will be available to strengthen the squad and as the club does not have a game until the 11th December it will give the new manager a few days to put his stamp on the team.

“We are a full-time club based around 40 miles from Peterborough and Cambridge and are Norfolk’s second biggest team.

“We are looking for a manager that is dynamic, knows the league, who coaches well or works with excellent coaches and wants a chance to progress.

“We are open to applicants who have either worked as a number 2 with a proven track record looking to make that next step; or from managers who have worked and achieved results at a lower level wanting to develop; or from a manager that has managed in the football league and is seeking a new challenge.

“The club has league scouts at most first team games having grown a reputation for developing and selling young players, which we would like to continue. However, we are fully aware that some experienced players are vital to the squad to ensure that it is balanced.

“The club has a massive catchment area, a passionate fan base, some great players, a stadium that has been upgraded over recent years, and an academy based at a local school that you will help us grow.

“This is a real opportunity to mould and grow the football club into something quite special.

“Please email a CV and covering email with salary expectations to chairman@kltown.co.uk. Applications will close on Friday 3rd December.”

Bastock paid tribute to the club’s former boss on Twitter saying: “What an amazing journey to be on with this man, not only the best manager and coach I’ve worked under but a absolutely top class bloke.

“Can’t thank Ian enough for all the experiences he’s given me and the football club.” #CullysArmy

King’s Lynn Town face basement boys Dover Athletic in their next National League fixture on Saturday, December 11.

Twitter users reacted as King’s Lynn appoint an interim manager after sacking their boss following a woeful start…

@kerrison41: Give the job on a full-time basis

@katienorth13: Good luck @bazza1115 x

@mcfcdarren1971: Thank you Cully – 3 years of great memories – I wish him well..

@WXM1980: It’s your chairman you need to part ways with.

@ShrimpersTalk: Phil Brown or Sol Campbell are available

@spencerclay2: Got Lynn punching well above their weight. Was always going to be a struggle at that level. Shame it hasn’t clicked this season.

@DavidMaidstone: Shame, the manager isn’t and never was the problem. Your loss is someone else’s gain.

@mattlecras15: @StephenCleeve Get Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley in there do the job quality managers.

@aim4thelight: Very sad news but given the awful start it’s not surprising. It’s just a terrible shame the fans won’t get to say goodbye and thanks for the magnificent work Ian did for the Linnets 🔵🌕 it’s been great to see Lynn play at this level and it wouldn’t have happened without him.

@steve_mcginn: Very strange decision by the Linnets. Culverhouse done a brilliant job there in a short amount of time. Tough act to follow.

@SAMPITCHER24: @StephenCleeve massive shame. You won’t find better ☹

@glennbate1: All I can say is be careful what you wish for, top, top guy who will go on to manage at a high level.

@AlexVenthem: Well… We’re screwed

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