Leyton Orient supervisor Justin Edinburgh has passed away at the age of 49 – 5 days after suffering a heart attack.
Edinburgh, who assisted Orient back into the English Football League in 2018-19, had actually been required to healthcare facility on Monday.
” We are entirely heartbroken by this disaster,” Orient chairman Nigel Travis told the club’s site.
Edinburgh, who won the FA Cup as a Spurs gamer, managed Northampton Town, Gillingham and Newport County prior to moving to Orient in November 2017.
” All our ideas and love are with the Edinburgh household and we know from the messages that have actually flooded into the club over the recently that the wider football world will share our sentiments,” included Travis.
” The success that Justin brought to Leyton Orient was incredible, however more importantly the effect he had on us all as a winner and a terrific, inspiring human will be his tradition and will remain with us forever.
” All our ideas are with Justin’s spouse Kerri and their kids Charlie and Cydnie.”
Success as gamer and manager
After turning expert at Southend, Edinburgh – a left-back – invested a years playing for Tottenham, making 258 looks and winning the FA Cup in 1991 and League Cup in 1999 before moving to Portsmouth.
He became player-manager of non-league Billericay Town in 2003 before spells at Fisher Athletic and Rushden and Diamonds.
His supervisory development came at Newport County, whom he resulted in promotion to League 2 in 2013 having actually 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 selected Orient manager in November of 2017, and led the club to 45 wins in his 82 video games in charge.
Orient commemorate ‘fantastic and inspiring’ Edinburgh
Orient captain Jobi McAnuff tweeted an image of himself and Edinburgh celebrating this season’s National League title, stating: “Absolutely and entirely ravaged. You were a lot more than a supervisor to me.
” Just doesn’t feel real coming so right after sharing a few of my happiest minutes with you. My thoughts, love and prayers go to the family at this truly horrible time. R.I.P Justin.”
Orient striker Macauley Bonne tweeted: “There are no words to explain the loss of our gaffer, our leader & inspiration. He brought us all together – we’re forever grateful for everything you’ve done.”
Fellow forward James Alabi stated he was “absolutely broken” while protector Jamie Turley stated he was: “Devastated and lost for words at the loss of this great man. It was an honour to play for him. Truly an incredible and inspiring person in all aspects.”
Defender Marvin Ekpiteta tweeted he was “lost for words” while winger James Brophy published: “A wonderful guy, who had a favorable impact on everyone he met no matter just how much time you ‘d spent with him! Never be forgotten! Thank you for whatever.”
Leyton Orient Fans’ Trust said in a statement that in his 18 months at the club, “Justin became an Orient legend”.
They included: “When Justin showed up, the team was still struggling but his shrewd and tenacious management assisted turn our efficiencies around and provide us a group we could be happy with – among the most likeable Orient groups we have actually known.
” He was clearly deeply liked and appreciated by his gamers, who owe him a good deal.”
Former Orient chairman Barry Hearn tweeted: “Words fall short of the sadness this news brings. A beautiful male who accomplished so much for Leyton Orient. He will not be forgotten.”
BBC London’s Orient press reporter Dave Victor, who has reported on the club for numerous years, tweeted: “It was an enormous enjoyment and an opportunity to have understood and worked with him.
” Justin attained so much with The O’s and we understood it was just the beginning.”
‘ Gamers loved him and journalists liked him’
BBC Sport Wales reporter Michael Pearlman, who covered Newport County for the local paper when Justin was manager:
It is not a surprise to see such a rush from individuals within football paying homage to Justin Edinburgh.
While he spent virtually his whole playing career at the top level, Edinburgh needed to do it the hard method in management, starting at the bottom.
Since of his character and capability, Edinburgh thrived at Billericay, Fisher and Rushden prior to I experienced him when he reached Newport County.
Simply as he finished with Orient – either side of spells at Gillingham and Northampton – he took a club on its knees and made it proud again, going from relegation concerns to promotion in unthinkably double-quick time.
Gamers loved him since he understood how they wished to be dealt with, and we as journalists loved him since whatever the result, he was constantly happy to be readily available and liable, pleased to talk early morning, noon or night. He even texted me on my wedding day.
I saw him go above and beyond in giving his time to advocates and the community time and time once again and will remember him really fondly for his sense of humour, passion for football and, primarily, his dedication to his household.
His loss will be felt immensely.
Tottenham’s 1991 FA Cup winners ‘devastated’
Edinburgh was in the Spurs side that beat Nottingham Forest in the 1991 FA Cup last.
Gary Lineker, a team-mate that day and now BBC Match of the Day speaker, tweeted: “Deeply saddened to hear that Justin Edinburgh has actually passed away.
” He was an excellent coach and a fantastic full-back who was a pleasure to share a dressing room with and have as a team-mate.”
Previous Spurs captain Ledley King published: “I can’t believe this. Saw Justin last week and he was in fantastic shape and full of life. He was genuinely among the best guys you might fulfill. Thoughts and prayers to his household. RIP mate.”
Paul Stewart, who scored Spurs’ equaliser in the 1991 last stated he was “gutted” while Steve Sedgley tweeted: “Ravaged, A sad, sad, day, a really great person.”
Another former Tottenham teammate, David Ginola, tweeted: “Justin Edinburgh … deeply shocked, deeply saddened … RIP my friend, I shall miss you.”
On the other hand, former Spurs gamer and manager Glenn Hoddle tweeted he was “ravaged” by “the extremely sad and terrible news”.
Homages to ‘a true expert’ and ‘terrific male’
Edinburgh’s previous clubs were likewise amongst those to express their sorrow.
Southend, his very first team as a gamer, sent their “ideas and wholehearted acknowledgements” to Edinburgh’s friends and family and “everyone at Leyton Orient”.
Newport County said they were ” shocked and devastated” by the news, while Northampton Town stated: “Everyone at Northampton Town Football Club is shocked and deeply saddened.”
Portsmouth said they were “surprised and saddened”, including: “Everyone at Pompey want to send their deepest acknowledgements to Justin’s spouse Kerri, their children, and his family and buddies at this hard time.”
Gillingham tweeted: “The thoughts of everyone at Gillingham Football Club are with Justin Edinburgh’s friends, household and coworkers at Leyton Orient at this very tough time. Such sad news. RIP Justin Edinburgh.”
League Managers’ Association chairman Howard Wilkinson stated: “Justin will be remembered by all in the game as a real expert. A hard-working man who became successful as a player at the highest level of the video game and turned his love of football into a lifelong career as a coach and as a supervisor.”
Gary Neville, who co-owns Salford City – who were beaten to the National League title by Orient – described Edinburgh as “a champ that handled a team that played with your spirit”.
Carlisle United director of football David Holdsworth said: “Justin was a close personal good friend and everybody is devastated at this news.
” He was a football man through and through and an extremely professional and well-respected player and supervisor. Words can’t discuss how sad we are and our thoughts are with his friends and family.”