BOSS IS WRIGHT FOR STEP UP, SAYS SKIP­PER

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By John Lyons

JUSTIN ED­IN­BURGH takes his Gilling­ham team to for­mer club Tot­ten­ham in the EFL Cup on Wed­nes­day night – and cap­tain Josh Wright reck­ons he can ex­pect plenty more high-pro­file matches in fu­ture.

Left-back Ed­in­burgh spent a decade with the North Lon­don giants but has had to work his way up from the bot­tom to reach League One.

His man­age­rial ca­reer has taken in spells at Billericay Town, Fisher Ath­letic, Grays Ath­letic, Rush­den & Di­a­monds, New­port County and, since Fe­bru­ary 2015, Gilling­ham.

Af­ter 13 years as a man­ager, the 46-year-old is now in the third tier, but skip­per Wright be­lieves there is no rea­son why he can’t go a lot higher and meet the likes of Spurs on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

Wright said: “He can go all the way, with­out a doubt – he’s got ev­ery­thing you need.

“He’s spot-on with how he says things at the right time. He gets the best out of play­ers and play­ers want to play for him.

“It’s very en­joy­able to play un­der him, but he can be strict and stern as well. He’s al­ways on at you to per­form in train­ing and games.”

Af­ter stun­ning Premier League side Wat­ford at Vicarage Road in the sec­ond round, the Gills are seek­ing another topflight scalp and Wright is ex­pect­ing a search­ing ex­am­i­na­tion.

“No mat­ter who Spurs play, it will be a strong team,” said the 26-year-old. “I would be happy to play against their first team as it would be a great test for us, but we are go­ing to have to be right at it.” Mid­fielder Wright can count on the sup­port of older brother Mark, the for­mer Eng­land Non-League in­ter­na­tional and once the star of The Only Way is Es­sex.

“He’s al­ready bought his ticket and he’ll be in there with the Gills fans,” he said. “He comes to most of the home games and fol­lows me when­ever he can.

“He’s got his own team with his friends and plays in char­ity games.

“He scored a great goal for Eng­land in the Soc­cer Aid game at Old Traf­ford.

“We were all there to sup­port him. He loves his foot­ball.”

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Im­ages

SPURRING US ON: Josh Wright is ea­ger to play at White Hart Lane and, inset, boss Justin Ed­in­burgh

OH BROTHER: Celebrity sib­ling Mark Wright

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