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Everybody associated with Ebbsfleet United Football Club is immensely shocked and saddened to learn of the death of Leyton Orient manager Justin Edinburgh who passed away earlier today.

The O’s boss, 49, was taken ill last week with a cardiac arrest after returning from Madrid where he had watched the Champions League Final.

The former Tottenham Hotspur FA Cup winner has been a regular visitor to the Fleet as an opposition manager, having just led Leyton Orient to the National League title. Prior to that, we came up against Justin in his capacity as manager of both Rushden & Diamonds and Grays Athletic, as well as Gillingham when he brought a squad in pre-season games.

Fleet managing director Dave Archer said, “We as a club and as individuals are greatly shocked to hear this news about Justin while at the National League AGM here at Celtic Manor. It is a huge tragedy for one so young who has given so much to the game and to non-league football. His feats in turning Leyton Orient into a title-winning side in such a short space of time need little explanation. We send our sincerest condolences to Leyton Orient staff, players and supporters but most of all to Justin’s wife Kerri and their children Charlie and Cydnie.”

Fleet boss Garry Hill worked with Justin when the two were manager and assistant at Rushden in 2008/09, while assistant manager Ian Hendon was at White Hart Lane as a young player in the early 1990s around the same time as the Leyton Orient boss.

Justin Edinburgh and Garry Hill in the recent league game at the Kuflink Stadium

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