Leyton Orient Manager Justin Edinburgh Passes Away Aged 49 After Suffering Cardiac Arrest

June 10, 2019 Updated: June 10, 2019

Leyton Orient manager Justin Edinburgh has died at the age of 49, days after suffering a cardiac arrest.

Edinburgh, who guided the team back into the Football League last season, passed away on Saturday, June 8 after he was rushed to hospital on June 3.

Leyton Orient made the announcement in a statement on Saturday.

“We are completely heartbroken by this tragedy,” said Orient chairman Nigel Travis.

“All our thoughts and love are with the Edinburgh family and we know from the messages that have flooded into the club over the last week that the wider football world will share our sentiments.”

Just two days before he fell ill, the former Tottenham defender attended the Champions League final in Madrid.

Edinburgh made 215 appearances for Tottenham and joined Orient in November 2017 after managing Northampton Town, Gillingham, and Newport County.

He passed away just six weeks after leading Leyton Orient to the National League title.

“The success that Justin brought to Leyton Orient was incredible, but more importantly the impact he had on us all as a winner and a wonderful, inspirational human being will be his legacy and will stay with us forever,” Travis added.

Leyton Orient captain Jobi McAnuff shared a photo of him with Edinburgh celebrating the National League title this season, and hailed him as “one of a kind” as fans gathered at the stadium to pay tribute to the team’s late manager, reported Sky Sports.

McAnuff said, “He was one of a kind, I think if you ask any of the boys here and other players he’s worked with, he’s got a real aura and a real presence about him when he walked into a room.

“He commanded respect and it’s not a quality that many managers share.”

“He seemed to be able to have the switch between the fun and the good times, to those serious times and time to work,” he added.

“Football aside, Justin was a hugely positive man, loved his family. Every day he came in he had that lust for life, a real zest about him, and a real willingness to enjoy himself.

“I think he would want us to carry that on. I know for sure he would want us to approach this in the most positive way we can, that’s very much what he was about, being on the front foot.”

Scores of fans left touching messages, flowers, and shirts outside the stadium to remember Edinburgh.

“Thanks for making me an Orient fan. R.I.P,” wrote a 6-year-old fan, Jacob, The Sun reported.

“Hugged you in Madrid, at the CL final and saw you play many, many times,” read another message from a fan on a Tottenham Hotspur flag.

“Thank you for the FA Cup 1991 and the League Cup in ’99. You’ll be truly missed by everyone at Spurs. You did such a good job at all the clubs you’ve managed, most recently LOFC. The world is a sadder place without you,” the message read.

Edinburgh leaves behind wife Kerri and their two children Charlie and Cydnie.