Justin Edinburgh has today been appointed as the new Gillingham manager.

The 45 year-old former defender has ended weeks of speculation by taking the Priestfield Stadium post. Edinburgh was formerly manager at League Two side Newport County where he led them to promotion from the Conference  in 2013 and leaves them in 6th place.

Edinburgh was in the stands for Gillingham’s 2-0 home win versus Sheffield United on Saturday. The Gills had been without a manager since they sacked Peter Taylor on New Year’s Eve and have struggled in League One this season, currently lying in 17th place. He had previously ruled himself out of leaving County but has risen as one of the Football League’s brightest young managers. Edinburgh told BBC Sport:

“I’m looking forward to the task at hand, it’s a step up for me and after watching the squad, there is development here and a fan base.”

Edinburgh’s first match in charge will be Tuesday night’s game against Peterborough United.

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