Leyton Orient decided to bring Justin Edinburgh to Brisbane Road on 29 November 2017 as they appointed him as their new manager.
The former Tottenham Hotspur defender had a number of jobs within the Football League and the National League following the conclusion of his playing days, however, with spells at the likes of Newport County, Gillingham and Northampton Town prior to joining The O’s.
Despite finding life difficult at Sixfields in League One, Orient decided to hand him an opportunity to sort their own mess out at the club and fans were rather encouraging of the appointment. Here is just a selection of what a few of them had to say…
ITS JUSTIN EDINBURGH!
Leyton Orient have appointed Justin Edinburgh as the new Head Coach. A man with experience & success at this level to take #lofc forwards & hopefull rescue our season.
We are excited about this appointment.
— OrientOutlookPodcast (@OrientOutlook) November 29, 2017
Happy with that. Don’t know how it will go, only time will tell but has experience. You can’t please some fans though, referencing him being sacked, the best managers in the world get sacked and most will be sacked during their careers. Get behind him and the team!
— Lee Gibbs (@LeeGibbs1) November 29, 2017
Not sure what orient fans expect!!!! Very good appointment. The best (out of work!!)candidate that was realistic.wish him all the luck..up the O's
— darren marks (@darrenm29) November 29, 2017
Edinburgh is a very good choice. Experienced, decent record, committed and a strong desire to succeed. Davis unfortunately had none of that. Hopeful now
— Techno Trousers (@TrousersTechno) November 29, 2017
All things considered, good appointment. Promotion at this level with Newport and guided them to respectable position in their first FL season. Should shore up the defence, just what we need right now.
— Dave Toms (@orientdave) November 29, 2017
Pleased with Justin Edinburgh becoming Leyton Orient Manager Up The O's
— Roy Clifford (@SSOrient1879) November 29, 2017
I’m over the moon with it. Good luck Justin. We are ALL behind you. Let’s make Brisbane Road a fortress. #ourclub
— Stuart Hebron (@dearstu) November 29, 2017
Happy with the appointment good record at least level, needs to sign an experienced goalkeeper and sure up that defence #LOFC
— ADAM (@ALB5399) November 29, 2017
Great appointment. Someone who knows the league, has been promoted from it and usually has positive and quick starts in new jobs which is what we need
— Matty (@DirkTurk) November 29, 2017
And, fast forward to today, and it appears the club could be on the verge of returning to the Football League after a two-year hiatus.
Edinburgh’s side currently sit at the summit of England’s fifth tier and are in the driving seat to go up automatically following a rather impressive campaign.
Since taking over, and to the time of writing, his win record at Leyton Orient currently sits at 55.1% as he has won 43 of his 78 matches in charge, with just 16 defeats.
It may not be too surprising just what the 49-year-old has been able to achieve though when you consider that he has obtained promotion from the National League before with Newport back in 2013, although that was via the play-offs.
Edinburgh has clearly given the club’s faithful something to cheer about following his appointment by owner Nigel Travis, following years of instability and some of their darkest moments in history – and has been rewarded with a new contract to extend his stay.
With just four games to go, Orient will know that they can not afford to slip up, especially with Salford City and Solihull Moors on their tail, but fans must be pretty pleased with what he has managed to do with their club in the 18 months or so he has been with them.
Leyton Orient fans, how pleased are you with how things have worked out with Edinburgh in charge? Were you behind him from the beginning or sceptical about what he would achieve? Join in with the discussion below by sharing your thoughts with us.
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