In my opinion, Norwich's defence has never been as solid since
the departure of Ian Culverhouse. The right back position was
not adequately replaced and this problem need not have occurred
if Robert Chase's Norwich regime had been willing to discuss contracts
in a sensible manner. From being an integral part of the City
team that finished third in the Premiership and enjoyed UEFA Cup
success, Ian Culverhouse found himself at the start of the 1994-95
season, out of contract and out of favour with Robert Chase and
manager John Deehan. Similar problems
had occurred the previous season with Dave
Phillips. Ian's outburst at being dropped from the first team
squad offended the powers-that-be at Carrow Road and destroyed
what chance he had of regaining a first team position. Mark Robins and Mark Bowen would suffer similar fates. Despite injuries in
October 1994 to his replacement Carl Bradshaw
and youngster Johnny Wright, Ian was
still not recalled to the first team and eventually was transferred
to Swindon for the bargain sum of £150,000 in December 1994,
the fee being fixed by a tribunal. Ian's career was rejuvenated
in Wiltshire and he had made 97 league appearances for Swindon
by the end of the 1997/98 season.
Ian Culverhouse began his career with Tottenham Hotspur and made
just 2 league appearances for the Spurs before joining Norwich
in October 1985 for £50,000. His career improved as he became
a first team regular and had made 369 appearances for the Canaries
before he fell from grace and out of the first team. He won the
Division Two championship in his first season, reached two FA
Cup semi finals, finished in the top five of the old First Division,
finished third in the Premiership's inaugural season, played in
Europe and won the Club's Player-of the-Year award in 1990/91.
The Swindon Town Official website revealed that Ian was given
a free transfer by The Robins on transfer deadline day 1998. No
league club showed any interest then in his services and he only
signed up with a team in July 1998. After a two week trial with
Stevenage, he joined Kingstonian and played in a pre-season victory
over Nottingham Forest on 30th July. He played for Kingstonian
on the opening day of the Vauxhall Conference season but joined
Brighton on a short term contract shortly afterwards. He made
his debut on 19th August against Northampton in the Worthingtons
Cup. He was playing alongside former teammate Mark Walton. Ian then took over the responsibility of managing
the Brighton reserve team thus making fewer appearances for the
Ian joined Barnet as Youth Team manager in the summer of 2000
but was not been registered as a player. Unfortunately for Ian,
Barnet were relegated into the Conference on 5th May 2001. In
January 2002, Ian moved across London to join Leyton Orient as
their youth coach. He was later promoted to Assistant Manager.
Orient manager Martin Ling instigated a shake-up at the end of
the 2004/5 season which saw Culverhouse leave the club and replaced
by youth team coach Dean Smith. Ian wasn't out of the game for
long, joining Wycombe Wanderers as their youth team coach at the
end of July 2005. He was promoted to first team coach in June
On 10th October 2008, it was announced that Culverhouse had been
appointed as Assistant Manager to new Colchester boss
Paul Lambert who Culverhouse knows from their time together
When Lambert was appointed Norwich manager on 18th August 2009,
Culverhouse resigned from his position at Colchester to take up
a similar role at Carrow Road.
At the end of their first season, Lambert and Culverhouse enabled
Norwich to win the League One title. The following season, they
won promotion to the Premier League. Norwich finished 12th in
their inaugural season back in the Premiership. When Paul Lambert
quit Norwich to take charge at Aston Villa, Culverhouse and Gary
Karsa followed him, departing the club on 5th July 2012.
In Its great for them to be here at the club and
Im delighted they have joined me said Lambert.
They have been with me for the past six years which is
a long time and weve built up an understanding and a trust.
I trust them and they have been great for me. We have always bounced
well off each other and were all looking forward to the
job at hand here at Villa.
In April 2014, Karsa and Culverhouse were suspended by Villa
after being accused of bullying and aggressiveness by players
and other staff members. They were sacked in May 2014.
In September 2015, he was linked with the managerial vacancy
at Peterborough along with former Liverpool forward Robbie Fowler.
Culverhouse joined Dagenham & Redbridge in January 2016 as John Still's assistant but they could not avoid the Daggers being relegated to the Conference in April 2016.
On 22nd February 2017, Culverhouse left Dagenham to become the new manager of Kings Lynn Town after the Linnets had sacked Gary Setchell. The Daggers were sitting second in the Conference when Culverhouse left.
Culverhouse announced in April 2017 that he would leave Lynn at the end of the season. He held to this even though he led Lynn to the Southern League play-off final which was lost 2-1 to Slough on 7th May 2018. He had been linked with the Cambridge vacancy. Instead he was announced as the new manager of Grantham Town on 30th May 2018; a surprising move considering that Lynn and the Gingerbreads play in the same division. Grnatham 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 clubs future."
Culverhouse quit Grantham on 17th October 2018 after they slipped to their fifth consecutive league defeat. Culverhouse surprisingly returned to Kings Lynn as Manager on 1st November 2018. He will be assisted at The Walks by former Boston United goalkeeper and UK appearance record holder Paul Bastock. They replace the joint management team of Neil Fryatt and Robbie Back who have taken up new positions within the club.