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Breaking news;

Justin Edinburgh: Leyton Orient manager dies at the age of 49

Justin Edinburgh managed sides in three Wembley finals
Leyton Orient manager Justin Edinburgh has died at the age of 49 - five days after suffering a cardiac arrest.

Edinburgh, who guided Orient back into the English Football League in 2018-19, had been taken to hospital on Monday.

"We are completely heartbroken by this tragedy," Orient chairman Nigel Travis told the club's website.

Edinburgh, who won the FA Cup as a Spurs player, managed Northampton Town, Gillingham and Newport County before moving to Orient in November 2017.

"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," added Travis.

"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.

"All our thoughts are with Justin's wife Kerri and their children Charlie and Cydnie."

'A man of great integrity'

After turning professional at Southend, Edinburgh - a left-back - spent a decade playing for Tottenham, scoring one goal in 258 appearances before moving to Portsmouth in March 2000.

He became player-manager of non-league Billericay Town in 2003 before moving to Fisher Athletic and Rushden and Diamonds.

His managerial breakthrough came at Newport County, whom he led to promotion to League Two in 2013, having guided them to the FA Trophy final a year earlier.

A 23-month spell at Gillingham from January 2015 followed, before nine months at Northampton in 2016-2017.

He was appointed Orient boss in November that year, and led the club to 45 wins in his 82 games in charge.

League Managers' Association chairman Howard Wilkinson said: "Justin will be remembered by all in the game as a true professional.

"A hard-working man who became successful as a player at the highest level of the game and turned his love of football into a lifelong career as a coach and as a manager."

BBC London's Orient reporter Dave Victor tweeted: "Justin Edinburgh was a man of great integrity who commanded respect.

"Justin was a winner. His passion for the game he loved, together with his ability to inspire, enabled others to achieve so much."

More to follow.

This is just tragic. Rest In Peace Justin. :(

(source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/48568007)
 
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I think the issues at United are deep. Dissatisfaction with the ownership and Woodward, toxic relationship with agents and players thinking they are too good for the club and half-assing it.

I don't think they ever really rebuilt the team properly when SAF left. He knew the team needed a rebuild and he didn't want to do it. Then the dead wood just stuck around through Moyes, Van Gaal and into Mourinho as well. They need a proper rebuild which Ole seems to be starting. But they need someone in who will give the hairdryer treatment and drop the players who need dropping as well as the ones who are more interested in their instagram followers rather than the results
 

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How the mighty have fallen.

Whilst I agree we’re now heading back to a top two situation - there was a short period of time where 4-5 teams could realistically win the league. We need united chelsea arsenal and spurs to plug the gap to pool and citeh even if it’s just to make things more interesting.

That all said the top clubs blooding British youth is a nice trend. Long may it continue.

On united specifically- I feel they are like Liverpool when Klopp took over. The basis of a good squad is there they just need 4-5 top quality additions
 

John_P

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United currently are better than the Liverpool side who ended the 14/15 season with a 6-1 defeat at Stoke.

Pretty sure Liverpools current strongest XI line up would only include 3 players who've been at the club longer than Klopp. Henderson, Firmino, and Alexander-Arnold (and Klopp gave him his 1st team debut).

Uniteds issue has been them buying big names (Di Maria, Pogba, Sanchez) with no real plans of how to use them. Then giving said players ridiculous contracts which then make the players who have actually performed for the club rightly demand parity with them.

There's clearly issues with the ownership but let's face it they aren't going to sell the club regardless of how many people change their twitter Avatar. They had protests when they initially took over but a period of success shut the fans up so I imagine they expect that would happen again.

The obvious issue is that as nice as Solsjkaer is he's clearly not up for the job. Continually harking back to the past, not parking in the managers space because it's Fergusons. The club need to move on.
The appointment itself was insane, imagine now Solsjkaer had no previous history with the club. Is a man who took Cardiff City to relegation but then had success in the Norwegian league with Molde someone an elite club would look to appoint. I'd very much doubt a championship club would take such a risk. The closest I can think of is Graham Potter going to Swansea but he'd also had a very successful Europa League run.
 

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As a Chelsea fan it's interesting to see where we are at the moment. Lampard coming in was a big risk, but with the introduction of youth and returning players such as Odoi and RLC in the new year, it looks like it will be an exciting season, providing we can plug the issue we have of leaking goals. Rudiger has to be the main CB. He can control the youngsters next to him and allow Azpi to captain the team.
 

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As a Chelsea fan it's interesting to see where we are at the moment. Lampard coming in was a big risk, but with the introduction of youth and returning players such as Odoi and RLC in the new year, it looks like it will be an exciting season, providing we can plug the issue we have of leaking goals. Rudiger has to be the main CB. He can control the youngsters next to him and allow Azpi to captain the team.
Reece James too deserves a place in the side. He's being compared to peak Dani Alves.

I think we could see a back 3 of Azpi, Rudiger and Tomori with James as right wing back.

Most importantly, Frank Lampard is Chelsea manager - what a time to be alive.

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Tomori is perhaps the gem of the youth brought through this season thusfar. Looks to have all the qualities to go right to the top - speed, athleticism, physicality and pretty intelligent positionally too.
 

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Leicester are the team that keeps surprising - they seem bang average last season then this season they have surpassed expectations so far. Will be interesting to see if they keep that momentum
 

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We were bang average for most of last season because we had a manager who had no concept of man mangement, and subsequently he lost the dressing room. Why he thought it was a good idea to try and force Vardy, one of the league's best strikers, out of the club I'll never know.

We have a better squad now than when we won the league. Just hoping we can keep it up, Palace away is our next league game which has been a horrible one for us in recent years.
 

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Chelsea are responding well to Frank - Seems to be a good atmosphere amongst the players and we are playing better than anyone expected us to
 
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