NEWPORT County boss Justin Edinburgh has a job for as long as he wants it with Newport County AFC, but he’s set for a move to the Premier League or Championship in the future, according to Exiles chairman Les Scadding.
Edinburgh has been at the helm at Newport since October 2011 and has already enjoyed superb success at Rodney Parade.
In his first season he extradited County from the Conference relegation spots and finished safely mid-table, with Newport also achieving a spot at Wembley, their first in 100 years, as they reached the FA Trophy final.
Edinburgh then took County to promotion from the Conference, via the playoffs, as the Exiles vanquished rivals Wrexham at Wembley to return to the Football League following a 25-year hiatus.
Last season, Newport’s first back in League Two, saw the Exiles challenge for promotion up until Christmas before a poor run of form saw them finish 14th.
However, manager Edinburgh has remained a popular figure in Newport and is currently the 14th longest reigning manager in the English football pyramid, with only six men in total in a post for four seasons or longer, out of 92.
Edinburgh signed a new deal with County last season, assuring his future until 2016, but he’s already proven he’s in it for the long haul at Newport.
Swindon Town, Luton Town, Bristol Rovers, Millwall and Oxford United among the clubs to enquire about the former Tottenham defender in the past two years, only to be told “no thank you.”
Edinburgh is keen to leave a lasting legacy in South Wales and Scadding believes Newport struck gold with their manager.
“Justin is someone that has earned a great deal of faith and belief from the board of directors, because he’s done a brilliant job for us,” Scadding told the Argus.
“What we have in Justin is a manager who cares deeply about the club; he isn’t just someone looking for a stepping stone to their next opportunity.
“We have enormous faith in Justin and he knows we will always try and support him and his decisions in any way we can.”
And Scadding knows that eventually, Edinburgh will seek pastures new.
“We don’t expect Justin to stay forever, even though we are going to try and ensure he does,” he quipped.
“There will come a time when he decides it’s the right opportunity to move on and we won’t ever stand in his way.
“But when he goes, we believe it will be for a top job, because Justin is a top manager.
“He will only leave, I think, for a job in the Premier League or maybe the Championship.”
Scadding is hopeful County can challenge for promotion this term.
“It’s going to be tough, but I am thinking we could push for the play-offs, that is my aim,” he said.
“It is a tough division, but if we can get some momentum going, anything is possible.”