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Sun, 28 Jul 2013 18:47:00

Justin Edinburgh plans to stay at Newport County and lead the club to the upper end of English football.

Edinburgh's achievement in leading County back to the Football League after a 25-year absence was rewarded with the Manager of the Year award at non-league football's National Game Awards.

And the former Tottenham full-back's overhaul at Rodney Parade has reportedly attracted the attention of clubs higher up the pyramid.

But Edinburgh is enjoying his working relationship with Newport chairman and EuroMillions winner Les Scadding.

And the 43-year-old, who previously managed Billericay, Grays, Fisher and Rushden, told Sky Sports News: "I think sometimes in my early career as a manager I chased the dream, but I feel with this board and chairman I can achieve what I set out to do.

"You see Swansea now winning the Capital One Cup when years ago they were nearly going out of the league. It's achievable.

"We need first and foremost to maintain league status for next season and to get the off-field parallel with on the field, because we have over-achieved on the pitch.

"Once we do that, with the fans we have - it's a big city, a big football club - I feel that long-term, in three to to five years, we can get this club rising to the next division and beyond.

"But as soon as you stand still you go backwards, and I know with this board and chairman that we certainly won't do that."

Despite Scadding's multi-millionaire status, Edinburgh baulks at suggestions Newport have bought their way back into League Two.

He said: "Everyone knows our current chairman is a lottery winner and unfortunately we've been labelled a moneybags club.

"But apart from Christian Jolley and Adam Chapman, the rest of squad are free acquisitions.

"I've got support if the right player comes along at the right price, but we want to get this club on a stable footing."

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