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Tributes paid to former Northampton Town boss

Justin Edinburgh who died yesterday Credit: PA Images

Tributes have been paid to former Northampton Town manager Justin Edinburgh, who has died at the age of 49 after suffering a cardiac arrest.

The former Southend and Tottenham defender was taken to hospital on Monday, just weeks after guiding Leyton Orient to promotion back to the Football League.

An Orient statement read: "

"It is with profound and utmost sadness that Leyton Orient announces its manager Justin Edinburgh has passed away. Justin suffered a cardiac arrest last Monday and passed away on Saturday. All our thoughts are with Justin's wife Kerri and their children Charlie and Cydnie at this very sad time."

– Leyton Orient

Edinburgh became Orient boss in November 2017 after spells in charge at Newport, Gillingham and Northampton.

In a statement on the club's website, the Cobblers said: "Everyone at Northampton Town Football Club is shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former manager Justin Edinburgh.

Justin had already achieved managerial success in Northamptonshire with Rushden & Diamonds when he joined the Cobblers in January 2017.

He guided the club to some important victories in the second half of the 2016/17 season helping to secure League 1 status for another season, a run of six wins and a draw in ten games between January and March achieving safety."

Southend United, where Edinburgh stared his career, said: "This news has come as a complete shock and everyone at Southend United sends their deepest sympathies to all of Justin’s family and friends at this difficult time.RIP, Justin."

As a player he won the FA Cup and League Cup during a decade with Spurs

Tottenham were quick to pay tribute to their former player, saying on Twitter:

"We are deeply saddened and shocked to hear of the passing of Justin Edinburgh. "Our 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."

League Managers' Association 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."

– Howard Wilkinson

David Buchanan, who played under Edinburgh at Northampton, tweeted his tribute.

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Former Northampton boss Dean Austin also took to Twitter to pay his respects to his former teammate at Southend

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And former Brackley boss Jon Brady also had the ex-Shrimper in his thoughts.

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