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08th Jun 2019

Leyton Orient manager and former Tottenham defender Justin Edinburgh has died aged 49

Wil Jones


Leyton Orient manager and former Tottenham Hotspur left-back Justin Edinburgh has died aged 49.

Orient confirmed that Edinburgh suffered a cardiac arrest on last Monday, and died on Saturday.

In a tweet, Tottenham sent their “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”.

Justin Edinburgh was appointed Leyton Orient manager in November 2017, and guided the club to promotion back to the Football League in the 2018-19 season.

The left-back made 215 appearances for Spurs between 1990 and 2000, and also had spells at Portsmouth and Southend United.

He also managed at Rushden & Diamonds, Newport County, Gillingham, and Northampton Town

“We are completely heartbroken by this tragedy,” said Leyton Orient chairman Nigel Travis in a statement. “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.

“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.”