Justin Edinburgh: Guiding Exiles to play-offs my best achievement

Justin Edinburgh

Justin Edinburgh says taking Newport County into the Blue Square Bet Premier play-offs this season is his biggest achievement as a manager.

The former Tottenham left-back has transformed the Exiles' fortunes from relegation strugglers to promotion candidates in a year.

Edinburgh guided his previous club Rushden & Diamonds to the Blue Square Bet Premier play-offs in 2010.

"This is a bigger achievement than that," he said.

"At Rushden the season before we had finished 10th, but we [Newport] only had two games to spare to stay up last year.

"We did it with two squads and had to rebuild a whole new team, so I think this is the biggest achievement of my [managerial] career so far."

County have one match left, but will finish third in the Conference Premier and are in the play-offs for promotion back to the Football league.

Last season Edinburgh guided Newport to a 19th place finish and reached the FA Trophy final at Wembley Stadium on 12 May 2012.

Newport lost the final 2-0 to York City, but they have used that as a foundation for this season's promotion bid.

"I am very proud of it and it's a fantastic achievement by the whole football club," said Edinburgh.

"You only have to look at the teams in the play-off positions or still chasing automatic promotion and some of those teams have been together for three or four years.

"When those managers took over their clubs they certainly were not fighting relegation and they were already good teams.

"We have had a fantastic season and we can be proud of it, but we are in it now and we certainly want to win it."

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