Tottenham legend claims Edinburgh had the potential to manage Tottenham

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur and Leyton Orient have been in mourning this week after the tragic news of Justin Edinburgh’s death swept the footballing world.

Edinburgh suffered a cardiac arrest on Monday, before being rushed to hospital where he died on Saturday, aged 49.

The Spurs legend made 276 appearances for the Lilywhites between 1990 and 2000, and will live long in the memory of the club, the fans, and former teammates.

Leyton Orient, who Edinburgh led to promotion as manager last season, are said to be in contact with Tottenham over possible tributes.

Edinburgh was seen only nine days ago in Madrid partying ahead of the Champions League final with Spurs fans and former players, including Gary Mabbutt.

Mabbutt played alongside Edinburgh in 1991 in the FA Cup final, and he believes that his former teammate had what it takes to manage Tottenham in the future.

He said (Standard): “Justin had the potential, if he was able to carry on, to manage at the highest level. I always thought that maybe someday, seeing the progress he made, he could have even been a Spurs manager in the future.

“That is probably the highest praise I can give to him as a coach and manager because he worked at the lower levels to learn the ropes and to move that forward.

“He managed to get everybody behind him. At 49 he passes away… sadly life is just so cruel at times.”

We at Spurs Web would like to send our love and thoughts to Justin’s family at this time, and would love to see a testimonial played between Spurs and Leyton to raise money in his honour.

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