08 Jun 2019


The League Managers Association is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Leyton Orient Manager and highly valued LMA Member Justin Edinburgh.

Throughout his career, Justin had proved himself a talented player, coach and manager. His two promotions to the EFL League Two, in 2013 with Newport County and recently as Champions of the National League 2018/19 with his club Leyton Orient, demonstrated his ability to build teams capable of achieving their goals.

Paying tribute to Justin, LMA Chairman Howard Wilkinson said: “Justin will be remembered by all in the game as a true professional. A hard-working man who became successful as a player at the highest level of the game and turned his love of football into a life-long career as a coach and as a manager.

“At a time when he should be celebrating the success of his team and preparing for the rewards of league football next season, he has been lost to the game and to his community too soon.

“Our thoughts are with his wife Kerri, his children Charlie and Cydnie and all of Justin’s family and friends at this very sad time.”

LMA Chief Executive Richard Bevan added: “Justin was a stalwart of the game, a loyal man who was well respected by his peers within the LMA. There is no doubt that he still had so much more to offer and would have been an inspiration to many more players and coaches in the years to come.

“Our deepest condolences go to Justin’s family, friends, colleagues and everyone connected with Leyton Orient Football Club.”

As a player, Justin made his name at Tottenham Hotspur, winning two honours, The 1991 FA Cup and the 1999 League Cup. He also represented Southend United, Portsmouth and Billericay Town. His transition into management came in non-league, where he learned his trade at Billericay Town, Fisher Athletic, Grays Athletic, Woking, Rushden & Diamonds and Newport County.

Promotion to the EFL with Newport County led to further appointments at Gillingham and Northampton, before Justin returned to non-league in November 2017 to take over at Brisbane Road. Last season, he led Leyton Orient back into the EFL as Champions and was preparing for next season in League Two.