Former and current Chesterfield players pay emotional tributes to late Leyton Orient manager Justin Edinburgh

A former Chesterfield player has paid an emotional tribute to Leyton Orient boss Justin Edinburgh, who died on Saturday.

Tuesday, 11th June 2019, 12:29 pm
Updated Tuesday, 11th June 2019, 1:29 pm
Gillingham vs Chesterfield - Justin Edinburgh - Pic By James Williamson

The 49-year-old, who led Orient to last season’s National League title and the FA Trophy final, passed away five days after a cardiac arrest, leaving ex Spireite Craig Clay devastated.

“Absolutely heartbroken,” he posted on Twitter.

“You was genuinely more than a gaffer to me and I’ll be forever grateful for what you’ve done for me.

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“Rest in peace Justin.”

Clay has been joined in paying tribute to the ex Tottenham star by numerous Orient team-mates and members of the wider football community.

Chesterfield forward Tom Denton described Edinburgh as a ‘great manager and a top man’ and said the mourning family were in his thoughts.

Town keeper Shwan Jalal tweeted: “My deepest thoughts and condolences to everyone connected with Leyton Orient.”

Will Evans said: “Such sad news .

“What a truly great bloke, plus a fantastic manager.

“Thoughts are with his family and friends.”

Edinburgh, a father of two, was appointed Orient boss in November 2017, having previously managed Rushden, Newport, Gillingham and Northampton.