Justin Edinburgh is confident Leyton Orient have everything in place to mount a serious challenge in League Two next season.
The Orient boss was speaking to nonleaguedaily.com after he watched his side go down 1-0 to Fylde at Wembley in the final of the FA Trophy denying the National League champions a league and cup double.
Despite the disappointment of defeat, Edinburgh was bullish about his side’s chances next season, citing the example of several clubs who have recently made the transition to league football a success. ‘Well, we don’t want to go there and make the numbers up. I think we need to take the momentum forward.’ he said.
‘I think we’re equipped for that off the pitch. I think that’s shown in our attendance numbers and how the club’s run, with the new ownership.’
‘I think everything’s in place to go and emulate the two teams coming here(Wembley) for (the) League Two (play-off final, later this month), Newport and Tranmere. I think the one that we all look at is Luton, going into the Championship, so we want to go and be competitive.’
The former Newport County and Gillingham boss added: “We know that it’s going to be tough, we know that it’s a step up, but I believe that the squad are capable of doing it.’
‘We’ve got the right blend, I think, in terms of some really good young players that will learn a lot from this season, and today’s disappointments, and some really good senior players.’
Since Nigel Travis assumed control form the chaotic and at times farcical Francesco Becchetti in June 2017, the East London club has steadily been able to build and make progress.
Edinburgh was appointed as manager early in their first season outside the EFL and guided them to a mid-table finish in what is often a notoriously tricky first campaign in the National League for relegated clubs.
This season, the O’s have been tremendously consistent, topping the table by three points from Solihull Moors with promotion secured by a 0-0 draw with Braintree at Brisbane Road on the final day of the regular campaign.
The result sparked jubilant scenes for supporters who had suffered miserably under poor ownership that took them from the brink of the Championship to non-league football in three years, and if Edinburgh has anything to do with it, it may just be the start of some more enjoyable times for fans of the O’s.
Another club to have risen from the depths of despair under poor ownership, we wish Orient luck next year in what will be a very competitive League.
They have an experienced manager and are now a well-run club that has reconnected with its fanbase.
Their summer dealings will be crucial but if Edinburgh can strengthen in the right places, momentum is a powerful force, and they could well be dark horses for a playoff spot next season.