Newport boss Justin Edinburgh to stay - chief executive Dave Boddy

Justin Edinburgh
Justin Edinburgh led Newport County to promotion to League Two in 2012-13

Outgoing Newport County chief Dave Boddy is confident manager Justin Edinburgh will stay despite speculation linking him with a move to Gillingham.

Relegation-threatened League One Gillingham are looking for a new boss after sacking Peter Taylor, though Boddy says there has been no contact.

But he warns that Edinburgh is "hot property" and will eventually leave.

"There hasn't been an approach from Gillingham as yet, so it's speculation at the moment," said Boddy.

"I think everybody at the club is fairly confident that Justin will still be manager after the Gillingham managerial process is over.

"While County fans should always be mindful that Justin is hot property and he is going to move on one day, I don't think it will be this one."

Dave Boddy
Dave Boddy was previously an assistant general manager and director of the Football Conference

Boddy announced on Thursday that he will leave the League Two club at the end of January after two years at the helm.

He is leaving Rodney Parade to pursue a new business venture after becoming the club's first chief executive in January 2013.

Newport, who travel to Cambridge on Saturday, currently occupy the third automatic promotion place in League Two.

Boddy believes the club is in "great shape" but says that whoever replaces him will face challenges.

"The major challenge now is to keep up with the football," he said, adding: "If Justin is successful in gaining promotion, which there is every chance he could be, it will be a second promotion in as many years and to keep up with what the club needs off the field, that will be the biggest challenge.

"In fairness we're behind where we should be, we've only been a Football League club for two years and we're still developing that side of the business.

"To have another promotion very quickly would add further challenges and pressures."

You can watch an interview with Justin Edinburgh on Sport Wales this Friday, BBC Two Wales at 20:00 GMT, or on iPlayer for seven days after transmission.

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