Northampton Town have been among those who have paid tribute to the club’s former manager Justin Edinburgh after he died aged 49.
Edinburgh, who was manager of National League champions Leyton Orient and who won the FA Cup for Spurs as a player, was taken to hospital on Monday after suffering a cardiac arrest.
The East London club confirmed the tragic news in an update on Saturday evening. (08/06)
The Orient chairman Nigel Travis lead the tributes to Edinburgh. In a statement, he said, “We are completely heartbroken by this tragedy. 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.”
In a statement released by the club, the Northampton Town chairman Kelvin Thomas lead the club’s condolences for Edinburgh, who managed the club over a nine month spell in 2016-17.
He said, “We are all saddened to learn of Justin’s passing. This is a huge shock for everyone and we extend our sympathy and condolences to Kerri, Charlie, Cydnie and all of the Edinburgh family.
“Justin was such a genuine, nice guy and someone who it was a pleasure to know. He did a good job for us, coming in during a difficult time and helping us to stay up in our first season in League 1.
“We were delighted with the success he had at Leyton Orient and I spoke to him just after the end of the season to offer our congratulations.
“This is such sad news, it reminds us all how fragile life can be and we will do anything we can to help and support all those affected by Justin’s passing.”
Edinburgh began his career with Southend before making over 250 appearances for Spurs as a player, including victory in the 1991 FA Cup and 1999 League Cup Finals. He then had further spells at Portsmouth and as player-manager at non-league Billericay.
Edinburgh then began his full-time managerial career at Grays Athletic, before having a spell in Northamptonshire with Rushden & Diamonds.
He then managed Newport, Gillingham and the Cobblers before joining Orient in November 2017.