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The nation pays tribute to the sad passing of Leyton Orient manager Justin Edinburgh

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.

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

Tottenham Hotspur
FA Cup: 1990–91
Football League Cup: 1998–99

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As a manager

Newport County
FA Trophy runner-up: 2011–12
Conference Premier play-offs: 2013

Leyton Orient
National League: 2018–19

Individual

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…

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”

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