Former Northampton boss Justin Edinburgh linked with Leyton Orient

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 15 November 2017, 15:15

Justin Edinburgh has emerged as the early favourite to replace Steve Davis at non-league side Leyton Orient.

The National League outfit are searching for their sixth manager in a year following Tuesday’s sacking of Davis, who lasted only four months at the helm.

The 52-year-old had previously penned a two-year contract in July shortly after the O’s had plummeted out of the Football League for the first time in 112 years.

A run of one win from 12 games saw the club pull the trigger, meaning the former Crewe boss exited Brisbane Road with a record of six wins, five draws and 11 defeats from 22 matches in all competitions.

The search is now on for Davis’ successor and it’s Edinburgh who leads the way in the Next Leyton Orient Manager Market, ahead of Dover boss Chris Kinnear, Macclesfield’s John Askey, and Jay Saunders of Maidstone United.

Edinburgh became the first victim of the 2017/18 Sack Race (top-4 tiers) after League One side Northampton wielded the axe in August after losing their opening four games of the season.

The 47-year-old is now looking to forge a way back into management and is the evens favourite to take charge of the O’s.

Edinburgh has experience of life in the non-league dugout having previously managed Billericay Town, Fisher Athletic, Grays Athletic, Rushden & Diamonds, and Newport, with whom he led into League Two. A 101-game spell at Gillingham followed, while he lasted just 25 matches at Northampton.

For the time being Ross Embleton and Dean Brill haven taken interim charge of the 19th-placed club who are currently three points and two spots above the drop zone, with the club in real danger of suffering a second successive relegation.

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