Former Gillingham manager Justin Edinburgh returns to the dugout with Northampton Town

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 13 January 2017, 17:12

Justin Edinburgh has returned to the dugout with Northampton Town after signing a two-and-a-half-year contract, just 10 days after losing his job at Gillingham.

The Gills axed Edinburgh at the start of the year following an inconsistent run of form, which left the club 17th in the League One table.

Six days later fellow third-tier side Northampton axed Rob Page, thus ending his story at Sixfields after only eight months.

Bookmakers suspended the betting on Friday afternoon, with Edinburgh the hot odds-on favourite in the market.

The likes of former Rotherham boss Kenny Jackett, John Sheridan (who has since returned to Oldham), and Gary Caldwell (who is now the hot favourite for the Chesterfield job) were all linked with the post, but it’s Edinburgh who has returned to management after just over a week in the Job Centre.

The 47-year-old took oversaw 102 games in charge of Gillingham, leading them to 12th and 9th place finishes, before his departure last week.

Edinburgh has also managed Newport (leading the club up to the Football League after a 25-year absence), Rushden & Diamonds, Grays Athletics, Fisher Athletic and Billericay Town.

Edinburgh takes charge of a Cobblers side 16th in the table, eight points above the relegation zone, and 10 points adrift of the top-6.

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