The PFA is deeply saddened by the tragic news of Justin Edinburgh’s untimely passing.
The Leyton Orient manager died on Saturday, at just 49 years old, following a cardiac arrest five days before.
Under Edinburgh’s management, Orient recently won promotion to the EFL League Two after winning the National League title.
Nigel Travis, Leyton Orient’s Chairman, said the club had been left heartbroken, ‘All our thoughts and love are with the Edinburgh family. We know from the messages that have flooded into the club over the last week that the wider football world will share our sentiments.”
Edinburgh began his playing career at Southend before going on to make more than 200 appearances for Tottenham, helping them to win the FA Cup in 1991 and the League Cup in 1999.
Paul Allen, PFA Delegate Liaison Officer, and friend of Justin Edinburgh, says:
‘I first met Justin in 1990; I was already at Spurs when he arrived from Southend. From that first season, he demonstrated the resilience and strength of character that has continued throughout his career, by quickly establishing himself as a part of the first team that went on to the ‘91 FA Cup win.
‘We remained in contact over the years, living locally and continuing to work together as part of corporate hospitality at Spurs. We recently spent time together in Madrid, watching Tottenham in the Champions League final.'
‘Justin is well liked in football, but more than that, he is highly respected as a person. His personality was magnetic. You can see that from the reaction, both inside and outside football, over the past few days.
‘I’m very proud of all that he achieved. What he’s done with Leyton Orient is incredible - just weeks ago he won the Manager of the Year award at the National Game Awards.
‘He was more than a colleague; I’d consider him a friend. I’m very saddened and obviously thinking of Justin’s wife Kerri and their children at this very difficult time.’
Everyone at the PFA echoes Paul’s sentiment, and our thoughts are with Justin’s family and friends, as well as all staff, players and fans at Leyton Orient.