EDINBURGH’S COME JUSTIN TIME FOR O’S
watch as many games as I can because you see how much talent there is at this level and how many people are doing good jobs,” he added. “I had no fear or hesitation in taking the job. It’s one that excites me.
“People underestimate and don’t take a second look at what’s going on in NonLeague. I keep a close eye on it. To get back to work and the opportunity is the exciting thing to me.
“I enjoyed the time off, I needed it. Since I went in at Billericay I’ve never been out of a job. I think people think all of a sudden I turned up at Newport when they were in the League or at Gillingham.
“I’m probably 500-600 games in as a manager so I’m fully aware of what it takes, what’s ahead of me and it’s not something I haven’t encountered before.
“People often turn their noses up at it. I’ve come through from the Ryman Prem up to League One and I’m fully prepared to take a step back to move this club back to where we all think it belongs. But no-one has the divine right and that’s something we’ve got to fully appreciate and understand.”
Orient fans will be hoping he can replicate his Newport success and Edinburgh admits the big picture project also appealed to him. Not that he’s looking too far ahead.
“It’s a lot of people’s second favourite club,” Edinburgh, who has signed a two-and-a-half year deal, said. “The tradition, the history. What’s gone on the last 18 months, two years, has drawn a lot of attention from the people outside looking in. We’ve got to try and spin that and get a feel-good factor back.
“The players have to relish the challenge because it’s a big club in this league and people expect. We’ve got to deliver.”
RETURN: Justin Edinburgh is back in Non-League