FIGHTBACK PUTS GILLS TOP OF THE TABLE
JUSTIN EDINBURGH refused to rule out a move to a bigger club after leading Gillingham to the top of League One with victory over Bury.
Goals from debutant Dominic Samuel, captain John Egan and Emmanuel Osadebe’s spectacular first professional goal cancelled out Leon Clarke’s opener.
Victory for the Gills was their 10th of the season, a record which has reportedly led Edinburgh to be considered by Brentford’s big-wigs.
“It’s good to be spoken about and it speaks volumes for my team and my club,” said the 45-year-old manager, who only arrived at the Priestfield Stadium in February.
“If something was to happen, it will happen, that’s football. If someone wants someone, they get them.
“But right now, this is where I’m doing my work and I won’t lose sight of that.”
With Gillingham now sitting as league leaders, it may not just be their boss that other clubs start sniffing around.
Osadebe was impressive throughout, tormenting Bury’s defence down the left, and it was down that side where his pace led to the game’s last goal.
And Edinburgh was full of praise for the the 19-year-old, who is in his first season of professional football.
He added: “His goal epitomises what we’re about. He is unselfish and a team player.
“He can be naive at times, but he plays with a smile on his face.
“Every day he plays and trains it’s like it’s his last.
“We don’t want him to score too many goals like that because it will bring attention to him and that’s not what we want right now.”
With 17 games gone, and the Gills sitting top of the table, Edinburgh would not be drawn as to whether he believes his side will be playing Championship football next season.
“My first target was to secure our status in League One,” he said.
“Second was, can we make the playoffs and right now, we’re in a good position to do that.
“Then, the final target was whether we gain automatic promotion and we’re top of the league, but we won’t get carried away and lose sight of what we’re trying to achieve.
KEEPING HIS COOL: Gillingham’s Dominic Samuel nets the equaliser