It was sadly confirmed by Leyton Orient this evening that their manager Justin Edinburgh has passed away from a cardiac arrest.
The former Southend, Tottenham, Pompey, Billericay player turned ex-Fisher Athletic, Grays Athletic, Rushden, Newport, Gillingham and Northampton boss was taken to the hospital two days after attending the Champions league Final with Tottenham legends in Madrid, where he was spotted looking fit and well.
— Leyton Orient (@leytonorientfc) June 8, 2019
Just last month, he guided the O’s back to the English Football League after winning the National League. That wasn’t his only honour.
As a player
FA Cup: 1990–91
Football League Cup: 1998–99
As a manager
FA Trophy runner-up: 2011–12
Conference Premier play-offs: 2013
National League: 2018–19
Conference Premier/National League Manager of the Month: April/May 2013, November 2018, March 2019
The nation has paid tribute to the loss of Edinburgh, many heartfelt tweets have been posted…
We are deeply saddened and shocked to hear of the passing of Justin Edinburgh.
Our heartfelt condolences and thoughts go out to his family and friends at this terribly difficult time as well as everyone that worked alongside Justin at Leyton Orient. pic.twitter.com/rFRZZYNuLa
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) June 8, 2019
Lost for words. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family and loved ones! So sad ????
— Blair Turgott (@blairturgott) June 8, 2019
How desperately sad. Hard to comprehend. So sorry for your loss.
— DAVID JONES (@DavidJonesSky) June 8, 2019
R.I.P Justin, absolutely devastated by this, what a loss, you may have only been our manager for a short while but you will go down as one of the greatest, the love and affection this week for you goes to show how much we loved you, you will never be forgotten, god bless ????
— Orient Fan TV (@OrientFanTV) June 8, 2019
RIP fella! Had the pleasure to meet you and you were a true gentleman. Had so much more to give the game and taken far too early. RIP
— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) June 8, 2019
Totally lost for words. He put our club back on the map. Can’t thank you enough for everything Justin. Take from us and your loving family far too soon. My heart goes out to the Edinburgh family and everyone associates with my club @leytonorientfc
— John Mcintyre (@Essexbizz) June 8, 2019
Gary Neville said he was: “a champion that managed a team that played with your spirit”.
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.”
@NewportCounty: “Everyone at Newport County AFC was saddened to hear of the passing of Justin Edinburgh. Our thoughts and condolences are with family and friends at this sad time.”
Adam Moreton: So sorry for the loss of Justin Edinburgh, loved working with him. great man. rip , kit man Adam Northampton town.
@DeejOldaker: Can’t believe what I am seeing. Thank you for everything you done for me. A man with a massive heart, he gave me my debut in the football league and also a lot of guidance even after leaving the club. My thoughts are with every single person in his family. RIP GAFFER
Winger James Brophy posted: “A wonderful man, who had a positive impact on everyone he met no matter how much time you’d spent with him! Never be forgotten! Thank you for everything.”
Bianca Westwood: “Gutted to hear about Justin Edinburgh. A lovely guy & a good young manager. He told me that taking @leytonorientfc back to the league was his finest achievement & promotion the best day of his life in football. So glad he got to experience that. My deepest sympathy to his family.”
@FreddieNathan: “Feel completely numb at Justin Edinburgh’s passing. A young, fit man in his prime taken so cruelly. We are Leyton Orient and we are a family – we will rally together and get through this while honouring Justin’s name and legacy. I hope he rests in peace”
Gary Lineker: “Deeply saddened to hear that Justin Edinburgh has passed away. He was an excellent coach and a terrific fullback who was a delight to share a dressing room with and have as a teammate. Thoughts are with his family. #RipJustin”