Justin Edinburgh

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Justin Edinburgh
Edinburgh, Justin.jpg
Edinburgh in 2010
Personal information
Full name Justin Charles Edinburgh[1]
Date of birth (1969-12-18) 18 December 1969 (age 48)[1]
Place of birth Basildon, England[1]
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Leyton Orient (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1990 Southend United 37 (0)
1990Tottenham Hotspur (loan) 0 (0)
1990–2000 Tottenham Hotspur 215 (1)
2000Portsmouth (loan) 1 (0)
2000–2003 Portsmouth 34 (1)
2003–2006 Billericay Town
Total 287 (2)
Teams managed
2003–2006 Billericay Town (player-manager)
2006 Fisher Athletic
2007–2008 Grays Athletic
2009–2011 Rushden & Diamonds
2011–2015 Newport County
2015–2017 Gillingham
2017 Northampton Town
2017– Leyton Orient
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Justin Charles Edinburgh (born 18 December 1969) is an English professional football manager and former player. He is the manager of National League club Leyton Orient.

Playing career[edit]

A defender, usually employed as a left-back,[2] Edinburgh started his career as a trainee with Southend United, turning professional in August 1988. He helped the Shrimpers win promotion from the Football League Fourth Division in 1990. In all competitions he played 47 games for the seaside club, scoring one goal.[3]

He moved to Tottenham Hotspur for £150,000 in January 1990, initially on loan. He joined Spurs permanently in July 1990, making his debut for them on 10 November 1990, as a substitute in a 4–2 win at home to Wimbledon. He played for Spurs for most of the 1990s. He won an FA Cup winner's medal in 1991 despite just previously starting only 12 league games.[4] He would also win a League Cup winner's medal with Spurs, in 1999. This second medal was awarded to Edinburgh despite his being sent off in the final for raising his arms to Robbie Savage, as the post-match analysis showed that Savage had distinctly over-reacted to a minimal contact and that the red card was unjustly awarded.[4] In total, he made 190 league appearances (and 23 as substitute) for Tottenham, scoring a single goal.

Edinburgh left London for Portsmouth in March 2000 for a fee of £175,000, playing 35 league games over the next two years, scoring once against Sheffield United.[5] However, he did not play a single competitive game during Portsmouth's Division One title winning campaign (2002–03), and joined non-league Billericay Town as player-manager in July 2003. This was the club at which he would finally retire.

Managerial career[edit]

Early career[edit]

In January 2006, he left Billericay to become manager of semi-professional club Fisher Athletic. Fisher finished third in the Isthmian League Premier Division in season 2005–06 and beat Hampton & Richmond 3–0 in the play-off final to win promotion to Conference South. Edinburgh left Fisher by mutual consent in November 2006.[6]

He subsequently joined Grays Athletic as assistant manager to Andy King in December 2006,[7] and took over as manager on 5 January 2007 after King's resignation.[8] However, Edinburgh's first match in charge ended in disappointment as his team lost 3–1 to Southport. His reign as manager of Grays Athletic came to an end on 20 February 2008, when his contract was terminated by mutual consent, leaving the club 14th in the Conference Premier.[9]

On 9 April 2008 it was announced that Edinburgh would become Colin Lippiatt's assistant at Woking following the departure of Frank Gray and Gerry Murphy. His contract was not renewed for the 2008–09 season.

Rushden & Diamonds[edit]

In October 2008, Edinburgh became assistant manager to Garry Hill at Conference Premier club Rushden & Diamonds.[10] On 10 February 2009 he was appointed as caretaker manager following Hill's resignation[11] and on 24 April 2009, Edinburgh was appointed manager on a permanent basis. He guided the team to a fourth-placed finish in the 2009–10 season securing a play-off spot within the Conference Premier but they were unable to reach the Conference Play-off Final at Wembley after lacklustre performances in both games of the two legged tie against Oxford United. The games finished 1–1 and 2–0 to Oxford.

The 2010–11 season saw Rushden & Diamonds secure a mid-table finish in 13th place but they never seriously challenged for promotion. In the summer of 2011, the club was expelled from the Football Conference and subsequently went into administration, bringing Edinburgh's time at the club to an end.[12]

In November 2011, Edinburgh gave a statement at the inquest into the death of Rushden & Diamonds goalkeeper Dale Roberts in December 2010.[13]

Newport County[edit]

On 4 October 2011, Edinburgh was appointed manager of Newport County, taking over from Anthony Hudson with the team in 23rd place in the Conference Premier.[14] Jimmy Dack was appointed as his assistant manager on 6 October 2011.[15] Newport County finished the 2011–12 season in 19th position hence avoiding relegation and reached the FA Trophy final at Wembley Stadium on 12 May 2012 which Newport lost 2–0 to York City.

In August 2012, Edinburgh was selected as Conference Manager of the Month after Newport County won all five of their opening matches of the 2012–13 season.[16] He led Newport to a 3rd-place finish that season, reaching the Conference Premier play-offs. Newport County won the 2013 Conference Premier play-off Final versus Wrexham at Wembley stadium 2–0 to return to the Football League after a 25-year absence with promotion to League Two.[17] Edinburgh was named the Conference Premier Manager of the Year.[citation needed]

On 2 December 2013, Newport County announced on their official website that, having consulted Edinburgh, they had rejected an approach from Edinburgh's former club Portsmouth to be interviewed as a successor to Guy Whittingham as Portsmouth manager.[18] In January 2014 Edinburgh stated he had rebuffed an unofficial approach directly to himself to be considered as manager of Northampton Town[19] In his first season as a Football League manager Edinburgh led Newport County to a 14th-place finish in League Two for the 2013–14 season.


Edinburgh playing in a charity match in September 2016

On 7 February 2015, with Newport County in sixth place in League Two, Edinburgh was appointed manager of League One club Gillingham, with Gillingham paying Newport compensation as Edinburgh was under contract.[20] Edinburgh led the Gills to a 12th-place finish in the third tier of English football, after a poor start to the season led to the sacking of former manager Peter Taylor on 31 December. Gillingham had won just three of their first 15 league games, and were sitting 20th in League One, just two points above relegation.[21]

The 2015–16 was his first full season in charge, Edinburgh led the Gills to a second-place position at Christmas, after a 3–0 victory against Millwall.[22] Gillingham had also managed to defeat League favourites Sheffield United, with a 4–0 victory on the first day of the season.[23] However, after a run of bad injuries to crucial players, Gillingham slipped to a ninth-place finish in League One, after losing on the last day of the season, against Millwall.[24]

Edinburgh was sacked on 3 January 2017 with the club placed 17th in League One, along with his entire coaching team.[25]

Northampton Town[edit]

On 13 January 2017, Edinburgh was appointed manager of League One club Northampton Town on a two-and-a-half-year contract, formally taking over on 16 January.[26] Edinburgh was dismissed on 31 August 2017, following a poor run of results including losing the first four matches of the season.[27]

Leyton Orient[edit]

On 29 November 2017, Edinburgh was appointed manager of Leyton Orient of the National League on a two-and-a-half-year contract.[28]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of match played 8 December 2018
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record Ref
P W D L Win %
Grays Athletic 5 January 2007 20 February 2008 63 24 13 26 038.1 [8][9][29]
Rushden & Diamonds 10 February 2009 7 July 2011 116 48 34 34 041.4 [11][12][30]
Newport County 4 October 2011 7 February 2015 181 75 46 60 041.4 [31]
Gillingham 7 February 2015 3 January 2017 101 39 26 36 038.6 [31][32]
Northampton Town 16 January 2017 31 August 2017 25 6 6 13 024.0 [26][27][33]
Leyton Orient 29 November 2017 Present 54 28 15 11 051.9 [31]
Total 540 220 140 180 040.7


As a player[edit]

Tottenham Hotspur

As a manager[edit]

Newport County

Outside football[edit]

Edinburgh owns two franchise Toni & Guy hair salons with his business partner, Jim Shaw.[36]


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