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Justin Edinburgh Dies

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Sadly dies aged 49 :( 

Suffered a cardiac arrest earlier this week and now passed away.

Very sad especially after the success he led Orient to in getting them back to EFL but moreso because of how young he was :( 




Leyton Orient manager Justin Edinburgh has died at the age of 49 - five days after suffering a cardiac arrest.

Edinburgh, who guided Orient back into the English Football League in 2018-19, had been taken to hospital on Monday.

"We are completely heartbroken by this tragedy," Orient chairman Nigel Travis told the club's website.

Edinburgh, who won the FA Cup as a Spurs player, managed Northampton Town, Gillingham and Newport County before moving to Orient in November 2017.

"All our thoughts and love are with the Edinburgh family and we know from the messages that have flooded into the club over the last week that the wider football world will share our sentiments," added Travis.

"The success that Justin brought to Leyton Orient was incredible, but more importantly the impact he had on us all as a winner and a wonderful, inspirational human being will be his legacy and will stay with us forever.

"All our thoughts are with Justin's wife Kerri and their children Charlie and Cydnie."

After turning professional at Southend, Edinburgh - a left-back - spent a decade playing for Tottenham, scoring one goal in 258 appearances before moving to Portsmouth in March 2000.

He became player-manager of non-league Billericay Town in 2003 before moving to Fisher Athletic and Rushden and Diamonds.

His managerial breakthrough came at Newport County, whom he led to promotion to League Two in 2013, having guided them to the FA Trophy final a year earlier.

A 23-month spell at Gillingham from January 2015 followed, before nine months at Northampton in 2016-2017.

He was appointed Orient boss in November that year, and led the club to 45 wins in his 82 games in charge.

League Managers' Association chairman Howard Wilkinson said: "Justin will be remembered by all in the game as a true professional.

"A hard-working man who became successful as a player at the highest level of the game and turned his love of football into a lifelong career as a coach and as a manager."

BBC London's Orient reporter Dave Victor tweeted: "Justin Edinburgh was a man of great integrity who commanded respect.

"Justin was a winner. His passion for the game he loved, together with his ability to inspire, enabled others to achieve so much."



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RIP Justin, I posted this also in the Spurs thread.

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Really makes you shudder when people die at this age. Can happen to any of us. Can vaguely remember him playing for Spurs. Rip. 

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Such a shame for the club and his family. RIP.

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