Boss pays tribute to Edinburgh

Kidderminster Harriers manager John Pemberton speaks following the tragic death of Justin Edinburgh…

John Pemberton (c) Tina Jenner

HARRIERS boss John Pemberton has paid a warm tribute to Justin Edinburgh following the tragic death of the Leyton Orient manager at the weekend.

The former Tottenham Hotspur player passed away on Saturday, days after suffering a cardiac arrest. He was just 49.

His death comes just weeks after he steered Orient to a promotion back to the EFL and the FA Trophy Final at Wembley as part of a stunning season.

He managed the likes of Rushden & Diamonds and Newport County in clashes against Harriers – not least the iconic 3-2 win over the latter in 2012.

Hugely respected within the game for his playing career, his arguably underrated work as a manager and not least his personal qualities, Edinburgh’s passing has been keenly felt.

“When someone passes away so young, hits a lot of people and puts things in perspective.”  John Pemberton

The Aggborough chief, who crossed paths with the former defender in their playing days, said today: “I knew Justin very well, we met through playing and he was a great guy – a really great guy.

“He was a fit guy and we all thought he looked after himself… It was devastating news for everyone concerned, especially his family.

“Anyone who knew Justin knew what he was like; a really bubbly character who looked after himself, a very good coach and, the main thing, a top, top guy.

“When someone passes away so young, hits a lot of people and puts things in perspective.”

The thoughts of everyone at Aggborough are with Justin’s family and loved ones, as well as all those at Leyton Orient and all who’d had the fortune to know him.

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