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Edinburgh’s sadness as Rushden & Diamonds reach end of the road

IRTHLINGBOROUGH - Rushden & Diamonds FC, Nene Park (manager's office at training ground) - Big Interview with manager Justin Edinburgh talking about 20th anniversary of FA Cup win with Spurs

IRTHLINGBOROUGH - Rushden & Diamonds FC, Nene Park (manager's office at training ground) - Big Interview with manager Justin Edinburgh talking about 20th anniversary of FA Cup win with Spurs

JUSTIN EDINBURGH feels upset and frustrated over the demise of Rushden & Diamonds.

The club seems certain to be put into administration ahead of next week’s winding-up order which could bring the end of an era at Nene Park.

Diamonds yesterday withdrew an appeal over expulsion from the Football Conference after a group of Japanese investors pulled out of a takeover deal.

Despite being handed a provisional place in the Southern League Premier Division and plans for a phoenix club, there appears to be no chance of a last-gasp reprieve.

Edinburgh will now play “a waiting game” to find another management role but he insists everyone must move on following the saga of Diamonds.

He said: “To be honest, it has been pretty obvious what was going to happen here. There was always a glimmer of hope and everyone wished something would come off. At least now we can start to draw a line under the matter – even though it’s not in a nice way.

“Going back over the years, people have seen fantastic times and put in a lot of work. Supporters followed us home and away but now they will have spare Saturday afternoons.

“It’s disappointing to see the chapter closed and the end of the book. But people have to move on.

“The players from last season’s squad, the staff and myself will continue our careers and see what the future holds elsewhere.

“I will have to wait for the final decision but there are no other jobs out there at the moment.

“It’s a difficult, sad time which is very frustrating and upsetting. Unfortunately this is the end of the road and we knew it was coming.”

Meanwhile, former Diamonds chairman Keith Cousins confirmed there are still advanced discussions with Kettering Town over playing at Nene Park.

Today’s hearing at the Football Association was cancelled when Diamonds withdrew the appeal.

Conference chairman Brian Lee is due to release a full statement along with the fixture list for the Blue Square Bet Premier, North and South.

 

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