Edinburgh: I'll stay on at Parade
NEWPORT County boss Justin Edinburgh is thrilled that the club is on the verge of securing a decade at Rodney Parade and now he wants to assure his own future with the Exiles.
As revealed in yesterday’s Argus, County are on the brink of announcing a new-agreement for a ten-year tenure at Rodney Parade in order to meet the criteria to enter the Football League.
Confirmation is likely in the coming days and Edinburgh admits he now wants to extend his deal with the Exiles which runs until the summer of 2014.
He explained: “I’ve made it clear that I think it’s a huge, huge thing for the club to stay at Rodney Parade but whatever happened, I see my future here,” he said.
“If we’d have been forced to go back to Spytty it would’ve been a huge blow but it wouldn’t have made me question my future.
“The fact is, this is the happiest I’ve been in management, the most I’ve been supported at board level and the glove fits for me, it’s where I want to be, I feel comfortable here.
“I’ve faced a constant battle at some of the clubs I’ve managed but not with Newport, I get all the support I need and I want to push us on.”
Edinburgh feels County must only look to Premier League outfit Swansea, ten years ago on the verge of relegation to the Conference, to see what’s possible.
“That’s the incentive, this club isn’t just ambitious to get into the Football League, I think it has the potential, the fanbase and the support financially to move through the divisions,” he said.
“Can we do a Swansea and get to the Premier League? Probably not, but we shouldn’t limit our ambitions to getting to League Two.”
The Argus can reveal that the County board are planning to open talks with Edinburgh about a new deal before the end of the current campaign, irrespective of where County finish and whether they achieve promotion.
l Meanwhile, the situation surrounding Tuesday’s proposed clash at Gateshead is becoming more and more farcical by the day, according to a County official.
As of 5pm yesterday the Exiles had not received ANY official word from Gateshead about the venue for the game, with their International Sports Stadium now Gateshead’s proposed option, according to their Facebook page.
However, Gateshead have already declared it unfit for purpose, so much so that the Conference have given them the greenlight to play home games at Hartlepool’s Victoria Park for the remainder of the season.
The Exiles don’t feel Gateshead is a suitable option for Tuesday, nor do they accept the home side can chop and change venue after County were denied permission to play odd games at Rodney Parade last season.
“The situation is totally unacceptable and we intend to take the matter to the Conference,” a County source told the Argus.
“It’s entirely unfair on our supporters and ridiculous for it to still be an issue late on a Friday. It’s farcical.”
The Argus understands Gateshead unsuccessfully tried to switch the game to Darlington and York and were also denied permission by Hartlepool to put the game back 24 hours and play it at Victoria Park.