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Orient stars lead tributes to late boss Edinburgh

Justin Edinburgh
Justin Edinburgh

By Stephen Jones

Justin Edinburgh was hailed as "more than a manager" by Leyton Orient captain Jobi McAnuff as players and fans assembled at the club's stadium to remember the late boss.

McAnuff and Orient keeper Dean Brill were emotional as they laid down team shirts in the home dugout bearing handwritten messages for the former Tottenham defender, whose death at 49 following a cardiac arrest was announced on Saturday.

Speaking by the pitch where he and Edinburgh had celebrated promotion to the Football League just weeks before, McAnuff said: "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, a real willingness to enjoy himself.

"He would want us to approach this in the most positive way, that's what he was about, being on the front foot. Together, using those lessons he taught us, it can help us deal with such tragic circumstances."

Brill's message for the manager signalled the esteem in which he was held by his players, reading: "RIP Gaffer. Thank you for everything. You are a true hero and inspiration. You believed in us all. Rest well, Love 'Goalie'."

Former Spurs team-mate Gary Lineker tweeted: "Deeply saddened to hear Justin Edinburgh has passed away. He was an excellent coach and a terrific full-back who was a delight to share a dressing room with. Thoughts are with his family. #RipJustin."

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