TRIBUTES were being left at Rodney Parade today for former Newport County manager Justin Edinburgh, who led the club back to the Football League, who has died at the age of 49.

The news was announced yesterday by his club Leyton Orient, who won promotion back to join the Exiles in League Two last season.

The former Tottenham defender was taken to hospital on Monday after suffering a cardiac arrest.

Edinburgh was County manager between 2011 and 2015 and guided the club back to the Football League in 2013 thanks to a Conference play-off final victory over Wrexham at Wembley.

South Wales Argus:

Exiles boss Michael Flynn said: "My heart goes out to the Edinburgh family, this man was not only an amazing manager but and amazing friend to me I cannot describe how devastated I am.

"Justin I cannot thank you enough. You went out a champion, nothing other than you deserve #champion #leader #gentleman."

South Wales Argus:

County chairman Gavin Foxall said: “What Justin achieved as manager will forever live in the memories of everyone associated with our club.

“Football has lost a great man and our thoughts and prayers are with Justin’s family and friends at this sad time. RIP Justin.”

Director Mike Everett, who was secretary when Edimburgh was manager, said: “It was an honour and privilege to have worked with Justin, who was a genuinely top man.

“He delivered us the holy grail of Football League status and leaves us all with special memories from his time with the County."

Edinburgh went on to manage Gillingham and Northampton Town before taking over at Orient in November 2017.

The O's won promotion back to the Football League as National League champions last month and also made it to the FA Trophy final at Wembley.

The club announced Edinburgh's death in a statement, saying the former Tottenham defender had died on Saturday after suffering a cardiac arrest on Monday.

"We are completely heartbroken by this tragedy," said Orient chairman Nigel Travis.

"All our thoughts and love are with the Edinburgh family and we know from the messages that have flooded into the club over the last week that the wider football world will share our sentiments."

As a left-back, Edinburgh made his name at Tottenham, making more than 250 appearances in a 10-year stay, winning the FA Cup in 1991 and the League Cup in 1999.

Edinburgh leaves his wife Kerri and their children Charlie and Cydnie.