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Culverhouse appointed as new Grantham Town boss

Ian Culverhouse (2300159)
Ian Culverhouse (2300159)

Grantham Town have appointed former Norwich City and Aston Villa assistant manager Ian Culverhouse as the club's new first team manager with immediate effect.

Fifty-three-year-old Culverhouse met with the board earlier this week and outlined his plans and vision for the club's future, one which mirrored those of the board.

Having made the five-man shortlist from 17 applicants for the position recently vacated by Adam Stevens, the former Football League defender who made more than 500 appearances was duly offered the position after a short consultation between the six members of the panel in attendance.

Following an 18-year playing career which began with Tottenham Hotspur, where he won a UEFA Cup medal, Culverhouse moved to Norwich City in 1985, where he spent the next nine years of his professional career. Following his departure from Carrow Road, Ian joined Swindon Town where he spent a further four years, before a brief spell with Kingstonian FC in 1998. His final Football League club was Brighton and Hove Albion before he began his managerial career.

His first stop on the managerial ladder was as assistant manager with Barnet, before moving to Leyton Orient during which time he came to The Meres during the 2003/04 FA Cup campaign, when the Gingerbreads were defeated.

In 2005, he moved to Wycombe Wanderers where he linked up with Paul Lambert for the first time. In October 2008, following Lambert's appointment at Colchester, Culverhouse followed him for the remainder of the season before his move back to The Canaries, again as Lambert's assistant in a spell which saw them claim back-to-back promotions from League One to the Premier League.

This prompted a move in July 2012 for Lambert and Culverhouse to Premier League rivals Aston Villa, where Culverhouse spent the next two years. Following his departure from Villa Park, he spent a year with Dagenham and Redbridge as assistant manager before he took his first step as a number one in his own right, taking the reins of Southern Premier League side King's Lynn Town.

His first full year in the job at The Walks saw The Linnets clock up 100 points as they finished runners-up to Hereford FC, before losing the play-off final 2-1at home to Slough Town.

Ian's first job will be to meet last season's squad, as well as back room staff, and explain his plans ahead of the 2018/19 campaign which begins on Saturday, August 18.

Following the appointment of Culverhouse, Grantham Town chairman Roger Booth said: "I'm delighted Ian has agreed to become our manager, we hope he can build on the momentum the club has.

"Things are happening in all areas of the club and everyone associated with it has every right to be positive about the club's future.

"I would like to thank all the other applicants for the position, we really did have a high calibre of managers apply for the position, which made the task for the board that little more difficult. But in Ian I feel we have made the right choice for the club's future."


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