Get off Justin Edinburgh's back, says former favourite Lee Evans

SUPPORT: Former Newport County midfielder Lee Evans

SUPPORT: Former Newport County midfielder Lee Evans

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FORMER Newport County AFC star Lee Evans says disgruntled fans should get off Justin Edinburgh’s back.

The County manager has been the target for criticism as the club’s League Two promotion push has faltered since Christmas.

Some Exiles fans booed the team off after defeat to AFC Wimbledon last week when Edinburgh was also involved in a slanging match with a small number of supporters.

And a record of just seven points from 33 available since the Boxing Day win at Wycombe has led to criticism of Edinburgh’s tactics and the style of football played on the poor Rodney Parade surface.

But they remain just six points off the top seven with two games in hand and Evans, who left County to join Wolves in January 2013, says some fans need to have a little perspective on the situation.

“I don’t think Justin Edinburgh is getting the credit he deserves at the moment,” said the 19-year-old.

“He’s the best thing to happen to that club for a long time and I’ve seen a few people criticising him and the team but they’ve got to remember where they were two years ago.

“While they’re still in touch with the play-offs you never know, it could be back-to-back promotions.

“If they win those games in hand they’ll be in the top seven and you’ve got to ask the County fans did they think they’d be in the League Two play-offs two years ago?

“I’ve got the utmost respect for him and I can’t thank him enough for what he did for my career,” he added.

“I still remember my debut at Cambridge on a cold Tuesday night like it was yesterday and I hope he keeps doing well and keeps the club going upwards.”

Evans also has his sights set on promotion to the Championship with Wolves.

After a long period out of the side at Molineux the Newport-born midfielder returned to the starting XI with a goal in the 2-0 win over Preston in January.

And since he returned to the fold Wolves have won seven on the trot to storm to the top of League One.

“It was very frustrating not playing but the manager had a plan for me,” he said. “He brought me back in at the right time and you have to respect his decisions.

“With the run we’re on at the moment it’s looking good but we need to maintain that form and make sure we get back in the Championship where a club like Wolves belongs.”

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10:17am Fri 7 Mar 14

Adrian Williams says...

I think it's important not to be sensationalist with the headline here - it was only a handful of idiots who boo'd the team off after Wimbledon. I agree with you 100% though Lee - it's what I've been saying all week.
I think it's important not to be sensationalist with the headline here - it was only a handful of idiots who boo'd the team off after Wimbledon. I agree with you 100% though Lee - it's what I've been saying all week. Adrian Williams
  • Score: 9

10:23am Fri 7 Mar 14

Exiled Exile says...

Let's put this so called criticism of Justin Edinburgh into perspective.
There is as always, even when things are going fantastically well, as they have most of the time since he arrived, a few on the club's message board who just want to moan about anything and everything. They will always find something. This is where the Argus have picked up this piece of lazy journalism.
99.9% of County fans, whilst being disappointed about the way things have turned out due solely to the pitch problems, are absolutely delighted to find us where we are, in contention for a play-off place.
These few moaners need to think back to where we were two short years ago, with the distinct probability of relegation to Conference South.
This situation is as always compounded by the Argus who highlight the booing or moaning of those 0.1% or less of County fans. Try interviewing the vast majority of fans who will tell you a different story.
Let's put this so called criticism of Justin Edinburgh into perspective. There is as always, even when things are going fantastically well, as they have most of the time since he arrived, a few on the club's message board who just want to moan about anything and everything. They will always find something. This is where the Argus have picked up this piece of lazy journalism. 99.9% of County fans, whilst being disappointed about the way things have turned out due solely to the pitch problems, are absolutely delighted to find us where we are, in contention for a play-off place. These few moaners need to think back to where we were two short years ago, with the distinct probability of relegation to Conference South. This situation is as always compounded by the Argus who highlight the booing or moaning of those 0.1% or less of County fans. Try interviewing the vast majority of fans who will tell you a different story. Exiled Exile
  • Score: 6

10:37am Fri 7 Mar 14

asrncafc says...

Very well analysed comments from Lee Evans who knows the qualities of JE both in and off the pitch.

County supporters, who are currently experiencing County's difficulties to achieve wins, must recall what the team was able to achieve from the beginning of the season up to the Christmas season.

Without any shadow of a doubt the incessant rainfall proved detrimental to the team who had to remain away from the playing pitch week after week.

The fact that County has recently managed to bag 5 points out of a possible 9 from three well established and promotion contender clubs preceding them in the table proves that the players' will, determination and fighting spirit were and are never missing.

Let us please give ALL give our wholeheartedly support to the boys and then draw up our checks and balances at the end of the season.
Very well analysed comments from Lee Evans who knows the qualities of JE both in and off the pitch. County supporters, who are currently experiencing County's difficulties to achieve wins, must recall what the team was able to achieve from the beginning of the season up to the Christmas season. Without any shadow of a doubt the incessant rainfall proved detrimental to the team who had to remain away from the playing pitch week after week. The fact that County has recently managed to bag 5 points out of a possible 9 from three well established and promotion contender clubs preceding them in the table proves that the players' will, determination and fighting spirit were and are never missing. Let us please give ALL give our wholeheartedly support to the boys and then draw up our checks and balances at the end of the season. asrncafc
  • Score: 7

10:37am Fri 7 Mar 14

county mad says...

Couldnt agree more with the above ignore the trolls look at mansflield struggling at the foot of L2 no big injury issues or pitch problems . Justin Edinburgh is oir greatest asset and plenty of other teams wsnt him. UP THE COUNTY!!!!
Couldnt agree more with the above ignore the trolls look at mansflield struggling at the foot of L2 no big injury issues or pitch problems . Justin Edinburgh is oir greatest asset and plenty of other teams wsnt him. UP THE COUNTY!!!! county mad
  • Score: 5

11:00am Fri 7 Mar 14

sooty001 says...

If you had offered me the position that we are in now at the start of the season I would have ripped your arm off, so I am not complaining, all I would wish for is a bit more transparency from the club in regard to transfers, player problems,and injuries, ect.
If you had offered me the position that we are in now at the start of the season I would have ripped your arm off, so I am not complaining, all I would wish for is a bit more transparency from the club in regard to transfers, player problems,and injuries, ect. sooty001
  • Score: 3

11:17am Fri 7 Mar 14

Harvist says...

Agree with all the previous comments, This guy is doing a fantastic job, root out the muppet dissenters
Agree with all the previous comments, This guy is doing a fantastic job, root out the muppet dissenters Harvist
  • Score: 5

11:27am Fri 7 Mar 14

jetspotter says...

The compelling thing about life is that we never know what's around the corner. Will we look back on this as a 'golden period', the beginning of greater things for 'County', or will we be in a similar situation five years hence? Who knows? It's great that so many supporters have different opinions and in the end supporting a team all about passion and colliding ideas amongst fans and rival fans.It would be a bit boring and pointless otherwise. It's only a problem when passion turns into vitriol and supporters go too far and resort to personal abuse. Everyone is entitled to an opinion,however irrational, but in the end as someone correctly said, we all have amber in our blood !!
The compelling thing about life is that we never know what's around the corner. Will we look back on this as a 'golden period', the beginning of greater things for 'County', or will we be in a similar situation five years hence? Who knows? It's great that so many supporters have different opinions and in the end supporting a team all about passion and colliding ideas amongst fans and rival fans.It would be a bit boring and pointless otherwise. It's only a problem when passion turns into vitriol and supporters go too far and resort to personal abuse. Everyone is entitled to an opinion,however irrational, but in the end as someone correctly said, we all have amber in our blood !! jetspotter
  • Score: 3

12:58pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Brat1965 says...

For Gods sake! Will these moronic muppets step back and look at what Mr. Edinburgh has achieved. He is by far, one of the best Managers that our home club has had for a long time. Lee Evans is spot on...and you **** well know it! Give J.E. a well earned break from backbiting and snivelling snide comments. You will notice, that I am not alone in my admiration of the man.
For Gods sake! Will these moronic muppets step back and look at what Mr. Edinburgh has achieved. He is by far, one of the best Managers that our home club has had for a long time. Lee Evans is spot on...and you **** well know it! Give J.E. a well earned break from backbiting and snivelling snide comments. You will notice, that I am not alone in my admiration of the man. Brat1965
  • Score: 2

1:02pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Brat1965 says...

Please note that my asterisised word above, was not I believe foul language. I will not lower myself to use it.
Please note that my asterisised word above, was not I believe foul language. I will not lower myself to use it. Brat1965
  • Score: 0

1:54pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Portugal96 says...

From my perspective Mr. Evans is not expressing himself very well , to use the expression " Get off Justin E,s back " is very harsh statement to use or is it a journalistic expression ( Andrew ) . If you need to understand this expression and what it means in then please look into the Net and view Porto football club here in Portugal at this time then you may get a better understanding.
Now back to "County" , as a supporter what do I expect of course to win each game but I know this is not going to happen , however I think we were expecting a better performance during this run of home games which did not happen .
So I have an opinion to make I will do so and I did say in one tweet during this period that Justin E should not only use the hair dryer on the squad but also a quick blast for himself , that is not getting on his back but saying he is the professional he should rethink his ideas .
Whatever profession you are in you are going to have you down times , and you need to rethink your approach according to what you are facing ,
for sure this is one of the times Justin E needs to do this .
Yes his record with our club is superb however we have to progress and he is the man that has to make it happen , yes we ALL have faith in Justin E , however to maintain that the County has to perform.
At my age I still want us to progress so I get a little tired of reading the same comments Quote:- Look how far we have come in the last years . I would have been happy with mid table this year .
What is it all about , that is what "County" set about in the dark days to achieve again to be one of the best football sides in Wales , so lets keep that most uppermost in our minds is to continue to move along the road of success and not stay a middle of the road team.
So in summing up no body is on Justin E, back , from what has just been written 99.9% of the supporters are behind him , but some times a gentle reminder of where we want to go and who can make it happen is not harmful to all involved at the sharp end
John Hudman ( 71 years old and still a County "BOY" } .
From my perspective Mr. Evans is not expressing himself very well , to use the expression " Get off Justin E,s back " is very harsh statement to use or is it a journalistic expression ( Andrew ) . If you need to understand this expression and what it means in then please look into the Net and view Porto football club here in Portugal at this time then you may get a better understanding. Now back to "County" , as a supporter what do I expect of course to win each game but I know this is not going to happen , however I think we were expecting a better performance during this run of home games which did not happen . So I have an opinion to make I will do so and I did say in one tweet during this period that Justin E should not only use the hair dryer on the squad but also a quick blast for himself , that is not getting on his back but saying he is the professional he should rethink his ideas . Whatever profession you are in you are going to have you down times , and you need to rethink your approach according to what you are facing , for sure this is one of the times Justin E needs to do this . Yes his record with our club is superb however we have to progress and he is the man that has to make it happen , yes we ALL have faith in Justin E , however to maintain that the County has to perform. At my age I still want us to progress so I get a little tired of reading the same comments Quote:- Look how far we have come in the last years . I would have been happy with mid table this year . What is it all about , that is what "County" set about in the dark days to achieve again to be one of the best football sides in Wales , so lets keep that most uppermost in our minds is to continue to move along the road of success and not stay a middle of the road team. So in summing up no body is on Justin E, back , from what has just been written 99.9% of the supporters are behind him , but some times a gentle reminder of where we want to go and who can make it happen is not harmful to all involved at the sharp end John Hudman ( 71 years old and still a County "BOY" } . Portugal96
  • Score: 6

2:52pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Harps62 says...

Portugal96 wrote:
From my perspective Mr. Evans is not expressing himself very well , to use the expression " Get off Justin E,s back " is very harsh statement to use or is it a journalistic expression ( Andrew ) . If you need to understand this expression and what it means in then please look into the Net and view Porto football club here in Portugal at this time then you may get a better understanding.
Now back to "County" , as a supporter what do I expect of course to win each game but I know this is not going to happen , however I think we were expecting a better performance during this run of home games which did not happen .
So I have an opinion to make I will do so and I did say in one tweet during this period that Justin E should not only use the hair dryer on the squad but also a quick blast for himself , that is not getting on his back but saying he is the professional he should rethink his ideas .
Whatever profession you are in you are going to have you down times , and you need to rethink your approach according to what you are facing ,
for sure this is one of the times Justin E needs to do this .
Yes his record with our club is superb however we have to progress and he is the man that has to make it happen , yes we ALL have faith in Justin E , however to maintain that the County has to perform.
At my age I still want us to progress so I get a little tired of reading the same comments Quote:- Look how far we have come in the last years . I would have been happy with mid table this year .
What is it all about , that is what "County" set about in the dark days to achieve again to be one of the best football sides in Wales , so lets keep that most uppermost in our minds is to continue to move along the road of success and not stay a middle of the road team.
So in summing up no body is on Justin E, back , from what has just been written 99.9% of the supporters are behind him , but some times a gentle reminder of where we want to go and who can make it happen is not harmful to all involved at the sharp end
John Hudman ( 71 years old and still a County "BOY" } .
So 100% behind you comments Portugal 96. I am a young pup of 64 and I cannot believe some of the comments basically forbidding anyone to dare to think things are not 100%.
Everyone is behind JE but sometimes things go wrong and its not a bed of roses. Mid table is marvellous for our first season back but it could have been even better in my eyes.
Its a roller coaster thinking back to Accrington in the sunshine when they watered the pitch to Wimbledon recently. Here's hoping we crack on for an exciting run in to the end of the season
[quote][p][bold]Portugal96[/bold] wrote: From my perspective Mr. Evans is not expressing himself very well , to use the expression " Get off Justin E,s back " is very harsh statement to use or is it a journalistic expression ( Andrew ) . If you need to understand this expression and what it means in then please look into the Net and view Porto football club here in Portugal at this time then you may get a better understanding. Now back to "County" , as a supporter what do I expect of course to win each game but I know this is not going to happen , however I think we were expecting a better performance during this run of home games which did not happen . So I have an opinion to make I will do so and I did say in one tweet during this period that Justin E should not only use the hair dryer on the squad but also a quick blast for himself , that is not getting on his back but saying he is the professional he should rethink his ideas . Whatever profession you are in you are going to have you down times , and you need to rethink your approach according to what you are facing , for sure this is one of the times Justin E needs to do this . Yes his record with our club is superb however we have to progress and he is the man that has to make it happen , yes we ALL have faith in Justin E , however to maintain that the County has to perform. At my age I still want us to progress so I get a little tired of reading the same comments Quote:- Look how far we have come in the last years . I would have been happy with mid table this year . What is it all about , that is what "County" set about in the dark days to achieve again to be one of the best football sides in Wales , so lets keep that most uppermost in our minds is to continue to move along the road of success and not stay a middle of the road team. So in summing up no body is on Justin E, back , from what has just been written 99.9% of the supporters are behind him , but some times a gentle reminder of where we want to go and who can make it happen is not harmful to all involved at the sharp end John Hudman ( 71 years old and still a County "BOY" } .[/p][/quote]So 100% behind you comments Portugal 96. I am a young pup of 64 and I cannot believe some of the comments basically forbidding anyone to dare to think things are not 100%. Everyone is behind JE but sometimes things go wrong and its not a bed of roses. Mid table is marvellous for our first season back but it could have been even better in my eyes. Its a roller coaster thinking back to Accrington in the sunshine when they watered the pitch to Wimbledon recently. Here's hoping we crack on for an exciting run in to the end of the season Harps62
  • Score: 4

3:47pm Fri 7 Mar 14

jetspotter says...

Agree with much of what you say Portugal 98 but the reason some of us would be relatively happy with a mid-table position is not lack of ambition but the niggling thought that the current team would struggle in a league higher and building a stronger outfit next season would give us more chance of staying up once promotion was achieved. We all know what can happen on the back of immediate relegation. I may well be wrong and too cautious in my thinking and County might well get to the playoffs, be promoted and stay up or even flourish. That would be fantastic. Trouble is, as you age you become less of a dreamer and more pragmatic. I'm thrilled by County's progress under Justin but would much rather see differing opinions being expressed than individual's being vilified because they don't adhere to the bully boy blind fanaticism we so often see silencing debate in modern day Britain. Strangely enough it is often the self styled liberal intelligentsia most responsible for such fascist behaviour. Incidentally this is a general point and not aimed at any particular individual on this sight. I say all this as a mere babe in arms of 61.
Agree with much of what you say Portugal 98 but the reason some of us would be relatively happy with a mid-table position is not lack of ambition but the niggling thought that the current team would struggle in a league higher and building a stronger outfit next season would give us more chance of staying up once promotion was achieved. We all know what can happen on the back of immediate relegation. I may well be wrong and too cautious in my thinking and County might well get to the playoffs, be promoted and stay up or even flourish. That would be fantastic. Trouble is, as you age you become less of a dreamer and more pragmatic. I'm thrilled by County's progress under Justin but would much rather see differing opinions being expressed than individual's being vilified because they don't adhere to the bully boy blind fanaticism we so often see silencing debate in modern day Britain. Strangely enough it is often the self styled liberal intelligentsia most responsible for such fascist behaviour. Incidentally this is a general point and not aimed at any particular individual on this sight. I say all this as a mere babe in arms of 61. jetspotter
  • Score: 2

6:32pm Fri 7 Mar 14

larneman says...

Come on County. Big win on Saturday and we can put all the bad news behind us. Whether we go up or stay where we are, I will still be a County supporter at the tender age of 75 I'm Mike Stevens and went to Hatherleigh if anyone can remember me. Lived at Always when it was a good area.
Come on County. Big win on Saturday and we can put all the bad news behind us. Whether we go up or stay where we are, I will still be a County supporter at the tender age of 75 I'm Mike Stevens and went to Hatherleigh if anyone can remember me. Lived at Always when it was a good area. larneman
  • Score: 2

6:36pm Fri 7 Mar 14

jiffygeorge says...

In the past two seasons, I have probably been more critical than most. That's not because I don't have faith in JE because I do, and believe he has done a great job. I also believe the County players have punched above their weight and have been a credit to the club. However, when I see what I and others believe to be obvious failings, usually in team selection or tactics, I believe in pointing them out. I also agree with those who say County sometimes bring criticism upon themselves by not being open and honest with the fans when there are problems. But I'm as proud of the club as anyone and have loved this season, despite the ups and downs along the way. And I still have faith that we can make the play-offs.
In the past two seasons, I have probably been more critical than most. That's not because I don't have faith in JE because I do, and believe he has done a great job. I also believe the County players have punched above their weight and have been a credit to the club. However, when I see what I and others believe to be obvious failings, usually in team selection or tactics, I believe in pointing them out. I also agree with those who say County sometimes bring criticism upon themselves by not being open and honest with the fans when there are problems. But I'm as proud of the club as anyone and have loved this season, despite the ups and downs along the way. And I still have faith that we can make the play-offs. jiffygeorge
  • Score: 3

1:02pm Sat 8 Mar 14

b3talover says...

No one can be miserable about another season in the football league! I'm buying my season ticket knowing I'll be watching League 2 football next season already. It's a great feeling! If you're booing the team when we are just below the play-offs you need your head testing. It's just plain ridiculous.
No one can be miserable about another season in the football league! I'm buying my season ticket knowing I'll be watching League 2 football next season already. It's a great feeling! If you're booing the team when we are just below the play-offs you need your head testing. It's just plain ridiculous. b3talover
  • Score: 0

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