Scadding backs Edinburgh for Premier League

THOUGHTFUL Justin Edingburgh and Les Scadding in the new facilities at the old 'Amber Bar' area at Newport's former ground Spytty Park  (8827582)

THOUGHTFUL Justin Edingburgh and Les Scadding in the new facilities at the old 'Amber Bar' area at Newport's former ground Spytty Park (8827582)

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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.”

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10:29am Thu 7 Aug 14

Roland Thompson-Gunner says...

Not hard to imagine a Championship job falling vacant not that far from Newport in the not very distant future!
Not hard to imagine a Championship job falling vacant not that far from Newport in the not very distant future! Roland Thompson-Gunner
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12:33pm Thu 7 Aug 14

b3talover says...

If Charlton have a bad start under Bob Peeters, then I'll begin to worry.
If Charlton have a bad start under Bob Peeters, then I'll begin to worry. b3talover
  • Score: -2

3:37pm Thu 7 Aug 14

sooty001 says...

The only trouble with the manager leaving is that they usually take a team of back room staff with them thus leaving the club in a mess, and don't forget JE commutes hundreds of miles a week to be in Newport.
The only trouble with the manager leaving is that they usually take a team of back room staff with them thus leaving the club in a mess, and don't forget JE commutes hundreds of miles a week to be in Newport. sooty001
  • Score: 2

5:21pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Thomas O'Malley says...

JE has done a good job at County but I think he understands that he still has a lot to learn. Also many manager jobs don't last more than 18 months and he has a lot more security at county than he would elsewhere. County were one of the worst teams in league 2 after Xmas and JE's comments in the media showed he was feeling the pressure. It's a big test for him this season to get the best out of basically the same squad. If he can consolidate this season and challenge for promotion next season he really will have gained the experience for the next level.
JE has done a good job at County but I think he understands that he still has a lot to learn. Also many manager jobs don't last more than 18 months and he has a lot more security at county than he would elsewhere. County were one of the worst teams in league 2 after Xmas and JE's comments in the media showed he was feeling the pressure. It's a big test for him this season to get the best out of basically the same squad. If he can consolidate this season and challenge for promotion next season he really will have gained the experience for the next level. Thomas O'Malley
  • Score: 11

10:34pm Thu 7 Aug 14

sooty001 says...

Thomas O'Malley wrote:
JE has done a good job at County but I think he understands that he still has a lot to learn. Also many manager jobs don't last more than 18 months and he has a lot more security at county than he would elsewhere. County were one of the worst teams in league 2 after Xmas and JE's comments in the media showed he was feeling the pressure. It's a big test for him this season to get the best out of basically the same squad. If he can consolidate this season and challenge for promotion next season he really will have gained the experience for the next level.
Wise words.
[quote][p][bold]Thomas O'Malley[/bold] wrote: JE has done a good job at County but I think he understands that he still has a lot to learn. Also many manager jobs don't last more than 18 months and he has a lot more security at county than he would elsewhere. County were one of the worst teams in league 2 after Xmas and JE's comments in the media showed he was feeling the pressure. It's a big test for him this season to get the best out of basically the same squad. If he can consolidate this season and challenge for promotion next season he really will have gained the experience for the next level.[/p][/quote]Wise words. sooty001
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4:54am Fri 8 Aug 14

JimMachen says...

Safely mid-table in the Conference in his first season?

Safe, yes. But didn't we finish 19th, six points clear of relegation? And wasn't that helped by Darlington's ten point deduction without which we would have been just one point clear of the relegation spots?
Safely mid-table in the Conference in his first season? Safe, yes. But didn't we finish 19th, six points clear of relegation? And wasn't that helped by Darlington's ten point deduction without which we would have been just one point clear of the relegation spots? JimMachen
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9:04am Sat 9 Aug 14

Thomas O'Malley says...

JimMachen wrote:
Safely mid-table in the Conference in his first season?

Safe, yes. But didn't we finish 19th, six points clear of relegation? And wasn't that helped by Darlington's ten point deduction without which we would have been just one point clear of the relegation spots?
14th and 8 points above relegation zone.
[quote][p][bold]JimMachen[/bold] wrote: Safely mid-table in the Conference in his first season? Safe, yes. But didn't we finish 19th, six points clear of relegation? And wasn't that helped by Darlington's ten point deduction without which we would have been just one point clear of the relegation spots?[/p][/quote]14th and 8 points above relegation zone. Thomas O'Malley
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9:09am Sat 9 Aug 14

Thomas O'Malley says...

Thomas O'Malley wrote:
JimMachen wrote:
Safely mid-table in the Conference in his first season?

Safe, yes. But didn't we finish 19th, six points clear of relegation? And wasn't that helped by Darlington's ten point deduction without which we would have been just one point clear of the relegation spots?
14th and 8 points above relegation zone.
Ah - sorry, I see you meant JE's first season.
[quote][p][bold]Thomas O'Malley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JimMachen[/bold] wrote: Safely mid-table in the Conference in his first season? Safe, yes. But didn't we finish 19th, six points clear of relegation? And wasn't that helped by Darlington's ten point deduction without which we would have been just one point clear of the relegation spots?[/p][/quote]14th and 8 points above relegation zone.[/p][/quote]Ah - sorry, I see you meant JE's first season. Thomas O'Malley
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10:03am Sat 9 Aug 14

JimMachen says...

Thomas O'Malley wrote:
Thomas O'Malley wrote:
JimMachen wrote:
Safely mid-table in the Conference in his first season?

Safe, yes. But didn't we finish 19th, six points clear of relegation? And wasn't that helped by Darlington's ten point deduction without which we would have been just one point clear of the relegation spots?
14th and 8 points above relegation zone.
Ah - sorry, I see you meant JE's first season.
Yep.

Just an observation on the spin that can be put on the statistical facts.
[quote][p][bold]Thomas O'Malley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Thomas O'Malley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JimMachen[/bold] wrote: Safely mid-table in the Conference in his first season? Safe, yes. But didn't we finish 19th, six points clear of relegation? And wasn't that helped by Darlington's ten point deduction without which we would have been just one point clear of the relegation spots?[/p][/quote]14th and 8 points above relegation zone.[/p][/quote]Ah - sorry, I see you meant JE's first season.[/p][/quote]Yep. Just an observation on the spin that can be put on the statistical facts. JimMachen
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