County boss Justin Edinburgh linked with Millwall job

JUSTIN Edinburgh’s stunning achievements with Newport County AFC in 2013 have again seen him linked with a move away from Rodney Parade, writes Andrew Penman.

The Exiles, who were promoted from the Conference to League Two in May, look well set to challenge for a place in League One after a superb start to life back in the Football League.

The Boxing Day win at Wycombe Wanderers left County in fifth place but just three points off the top of the table and with a game in hand following the postponement of last Saturday’s clash with AFC Wimbledon.

Edinburgh has been linked with a number of vacancies since the summer and League Two rivals Portsmouth were denied permission to speak to the Exiles boss earlier this month.

And on the eve of Sunday’s trip to fourth-placed Burton Albion the former Tottenham Hotspur defender finds himself being talked about as a contender for the hotseat at Championship outfit Millwall.

Edinburgh is quoted as 25/1 joint second favourite for the job with bookmakers Stan James and 33/1 with Bet Victor following the Lions’ sacking of Steve Lomas on Boxing Day.

Edinburgh has consistently spoken of his desire to stay at Rodney Parade but admits that there will come a time when he wants to realise his ambitions.

“It might be that my ceiling is to manage in League Two, but I have visions and aspirations,” he said earlier this month.

“I’ve had opportunities to speak to clubs – and approaches – while I’ve been at Newport. But this is a brilliant club and a well-supported one. The people I work for are understanding and we have a great relationship.

“One chance to leave came from a fairly good club in League One. But looking from the outside in it wasn’t in a stable position. The grass isn’t always greener.

“It was very flattering to be linked with Portsmouth,” added Edinburgh.

“At the end of the day, loyalty is almost laughed upon in football, it’s a dirty word, but Newport gave me an opportunity when I was out of work and I feel we can continue the job we are doing here.”

And after the win at Wycombe Edinburgh stated his belief that County are genuine candidates for promotion this season.

“We are where we are in the league, the table doesn’t lie, we’ve put another marker down,” he told the Argus.

“We are in that mix and we deserve to be, we had that early start and wanted to show good intentions and send a message to people.

“When you have the chance to put pressure on your rivals you need to do that.

“At the start of the season our remit was to stay in the Football League, but it’s hard not to look at the other way now.

“If someone had offered me this return of points at the start of the season, I’d have bitten their hand off, we are where we are and we have to be positive and aim for as high as we can go.”

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5:25pm Fri 27 Dec 13

County Till I Die says...

Please don't go Justin, better the devil you know!
Please don't go Justin, better the devil you know! County Till I Die

5:32pm Fri 27 Dec 13

county mad says...

There is a vacancy for an accounts manager in Cwmbran is Justin being linked with this job also?
There is a vacancy for an accounts manager in Cwmbran is Justin being linked with this job also? county mad

6:13pm Fri 27 Dec 13

andy83 says...

next he will be linked to the Cardiff job
next he will be linked to the Cardiff job andy83

6:23pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Adrian Williams says...

Please see it out till the end of the season and give us the chance of another promotion Justin.
Please see it out till the end of the season and give us the chance of another promotion Justin. Adrian Williams

8:18pm Fri 27 Dec 13

emlynkide says...

its bound to happen sooner or later, i just hope its later very later, hope the other clubs go for malky.
its bound to happen sooner or later, i just hope its later very later, hope the other clubs go for malky. emlynkide

8:25pm Fri 27 Dec 13

larneman says...

Justin would never stand in the way of a good footballer moving up a few divisions so we can't really stand in his way to move up. Though I can't see Millwall as being a great move. I think he will get better offers in the future and one that would suit him better.. Meanwhile I hope that he finishes what he has started here at the County it is important for us to keep him and I know that he enjoys his job with County. He is still a young man and the experience that he is gaining at Newport will help him in the future. I hope he stays but if the right offer comes along I wish him well. as I'm sure we all will.
Justin would never stand in the way of a good footballer moving up a few divisions so we can't really stand in his way to move up. Though I can't see Millwall as being a great move. I think he will get better offers in the future and one that would suit him better.. Meanwhile I hope that he finishes what he has started here at the County it is important for us to keep him and I know that he enjoys his job with County. He is still a young man and the experience that he is gaining at Newport will help him in the future. I hope he stays but if the right offer comes along I wish him well. as I'm sure we all will. larneman

9:13pm Fri 27 Dec 13

llandaff says...

The way things are going this club could very well be in the Championship sooner or later! Yeovil did it. So why not dream big. Question is will Justin stay and finish the job. The players are up for it.
Over to you Justin..............
.........
The way things are going this club could very well be in the Championship sooner or later! Yeovil did it. So why not dream big. Question is will Justin stay and finish the job. The players are up for it. Over to you Justin.............. ......... llandaff

9:20pm Fri 27 Dec 13

ssjf89 says...

if and when in the next 12 months the Tottenham job comes up for grabs again, and county are still flying then justins name will still be down for it. but everytime a managerial position comes up for filling we (the fans) already know one name on that list,we don't need the argus to unstabilise the playing staff or fans through the rumour mill over reports that we are all to aware of..
if and when in the next 12 months the Tottenham job comes up for grabs again, and county are still flying then justins name will still be down for it. but everytime a managerial position comes up for filling we (the fans) already know one name on that list,we don't need the argus to unstabilise the playing staff or fans through the rumour mill over reports that we are all to aware of.. ssjf89

8:47am Sat 28 Dec 13

Robertson says...

It must be a slow news day. Justin Edinburgh odd are 33-1 (the same as Dean Saunders) and he is 23rd favourite.
It must be a slow news day. Justin Edinburgh odd are 33-1 (the same as Dean Saunders) and he is 23rd favourite. Robertson

11:33am Sat 28 Dec 13

County says...

25/1 second favourite sounds as accurate as ever.
25/1 second favourite sounds as accurate as ever. County

12:13pm Sat 28 Dec 13

COUNTYVOICE says...

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY

they ll be no mini JUSTIN EDINBURGH figures in our rival clubs christmas stockings in the forseeable future, so CLUBS KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF!

this is JUSTIN'S EMPIRE , and he ll want to see how much his charglings can achieve, and WITH THE CONTINED BACKING it can be "TOO INFINITY AND BEYOND" (sorry to much toy story )

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY they ll be no mini JUSTIN EDINBURGH figures in our rival clubs christmas stockings in the forseeable future, so CLUBS KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF! this is JUSTIN'S EMPIRE , and he ll want to see how much his charglings can achieve, and WITH THE CONTINED BACKING it can be "TOO INFINITY AND BEYOND" (sorry to much toy story ) HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! COUNTYVOICE

12:16pm Sat 28 Dec 13

COUNTYVOICE says...

larneman wrote:
Justin would never stand in the way of a good footballer moving up a few divisions so we can't really stand in his way to move up. Though I can't see Millwall as being a great move. I think he will get better offers in the future and one that would suit him better.. Meanwhile I hope that he finishes what he has started here at the County it is important for us to keep him and I know that he enjoys his job with County. He is still a young man and the experience that he is gaining at Newport will help him in the future. I hope he stays but if the right offer comes along I wish him well. as I'm sure we all will.
county should do everything within their power to keep justin , if he goes progress stands still. should always fight for the best , and not allow him to go so easily as its in his best interests, the greater interest is what matters here and that newport county :-)
[quote][p][bold]larneman[/bold] wrote: Justin would never stand in the way of a good footballer moving up a few divisions so we can't really stand in his way to move up. Though I can't see Millwall as being a great move. I think he will get better offers in the future and one that would suit him better.. Meanwhile I hope that he finishes what he has started here at the County it is important for us to keep him and I know that he enjoys his job with County. He is still a young man and the experience that he is gaining at Newport will help him in the future. I hope he stays but if the right offer comes along I wish him well. as I'm sure we all will.[/p][/quote]county should do everything within their power to keep justin , if he goes progress stands still. should always fight for the best , and not allow him to go so easily as its in his best interests, the greater interest is what matters here and that newport county :-) COUNTYVOICE

12:18pm Sat 28 Dec 13

COUNTYVOICE says...

as for the cardiff job why work with a termperamental malaysian chairman when you have fun loving down to earth guy LES SCADDING who has the club at heart and not a cash register
as for the cardiff job why work with a termperamental malaysian chairman when you have fun loving down to earth guy LES SCADDING who has the club at heart and not a cash register COUNTYVOICE

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