Advertisement

  1. ITV Report

Football world mourns former Gills boss and Portsmouth defender Justin Edinburgh

Tributes have been paid to the former Gillingham manager Justin Edinburgh who has died aged 49.

The former Tottenham player and current Leyton Orient boss suffered a cardiac arrest last Monday and passed away on Saturday, the club confirmed.

Gillingham chairman Paul Scally said: “Everyone at the Club is absolutely devastated by this news. Our thoughts and condolences go to Justin’s friends and family at this very sad time.

Justin Edinburgh was 49 Credit: Gillingham FC

Sorry, this content isn't available on your device.

Players, including defender Bradley Garmston, also paid tribute:

Sorry, this content isn't available on your device.

The 49 year old also enjoyed a spell at Portsmouth, who today shared their sadness.

Sorry, this content isn't available on your device.

Gillingham released the following statement:

Everyone at Gillingham Football Club is devastated to learn of the passing of former Manager Justin Edinburgh, aged 49.

Justin, who was an FA Cup and League Cup winner with Tottenham Hotspur in 1991 and 1999 respectively, suffered a cardiac arrest on Monday and died on Saturday.

The former Portsmouth, Spurs and Southend left-back made 364 professional appearances and scored three goals in a playing career which spanned nearly 20 years. went into management following his retirement, initially in non-league prior to winning promotion to the EFL with Newport County in 2013.

After continued success Chairman Paul Scally made Justin his first-team manager in February 2015, narrowly missing out on the play-offs at the end of the 2015-16 season, having begun the campaign with an incredible 4-0 win over Sheffield United.

He joined Northampton Town following his departure from ME7 and was at Sixfields for a period of seven months, but he wasn’t out of the game for long as he was named the new boss of Leyton Orient in November 2017 and guided the club back to the EFL having won the National League last season.

Orient Chairman Nigel Travis 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.”

Gills Chairman Paul Scally said: “Everyone at the Club is absolutely devastated by this news. Our thoughts and condolences go to Justin’s friends and family at this very sad time.”

All our thoughts are with Justin’s wife Kerri along with their children Charlie and Cydnie.

– Gillingham FC