Andy Edwards (footballer)
|Full name||Andrew David Edwards|
|Date of birth||17 September 1971|
|Place of birth||Epping, Essex, England|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Playing position||Central defender|
|–||West Ham United|
|2003–2004||Rushden & Diamonds||41||(4)|
|2006||→ Grays Athletic (loan)||5||(0)|
|2016||Leyton Orient (caretaker)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
Andy Edwards (born 17 September 1971) is an English former professional footballer and manager, now working as a coach with the FA. After joining Leyton Orient as youth team manager in 2009 and becoming Academy Director in 2011, he was appointed permanent manager on 23 November 2016 following the departure of Alberto Cavasin. Edwards left Leyton Orient to take a role with the FA on 29 January 2017 as an out-of-possession coach working across all England development teams. He was part of the England Under 20 side who went on to win the World Cup in South Korea in 2017. Andy is now working with the U19's in preparation for the European Championship in 2018.
During his playing career he achieved six promotions and played for a number of clubs, including Southend United, Birmingham City, Peterborough United, Rushden & Diamonds, Grays Athletic and Aldershot Town.
After signing as a professional with the "Shrimpers" in 1989, Edwards enjoyed successive promotions to the second tier of English football and enjoyed five years at that level before being transferred to Birmingham City in July 1995 for a fee of £450,000.
At Birmingham, Edwards was part of the side that reached a League Cup semi-final before being transferred in November 1996 to Peterborough United. Edwards went on to captain the side to promotion at Wembley in 2000.
He joined Rushden & Diamonds in March 2003 and played a part in their promotion to the Second Division as champions. Edwards scored the goal against Carlisle United that saw the club seal promotion.
After leaving Nene Park in the summer of 2004, Edwards re-joined Southend United and again enjoyed successive promotions as the club went from League Two to the Championship. After a loan spell with Conference club Grays Athletic, where he was on the bench as they won the 2005-06 FA Trophy, he left Roots Hall in 2006 and joined Aldershot Town, but injury ended his career in January 2007.
Following his retirement, Edwards moved into coaching, with spells as assistant manager at St Albans City and as a coach within the Arsenal Academy. He joined Leyton Orient as youth team manager in 2009, which "evolved into the role of academy director" in 2011. He and Kevin Dearden assisted Kevin Nugent during Nugent's brief tenure as manager.
- As of match played 28 January 2017
|Leyton Orient (caretaker)||26 September 2016||2 October 2016||2||0||1||1||0||2||−2||0.00|
|Leyton Orient||23 November 2016||29 January 2017||9||2||1||6||8||18||−10||22.22|
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