AFC Wimbledon assistant manager Glyn Hodges has paid tribute to Justin Edinburgh ahead of his side’s meeting against Leyton Orient in the Trophy tomorrow night.

Hodges and Edinburgh regularly competed against each other in the early 90s while the former Orient boss was playing for Tottenham Hotspur and while Hodges was at both Crystal Palace and Sheffield United.

In an interview on the club’s YouTube channel, Hodges said: “He had a successful career as a player and I think he was doing a great job as a manager as well. To have celebrated a promotion with Orient last season to the tragic circumstances of the summer, it was devastating for everybody.

“With the job he’s done and the legacy he’s left, I’m sure his family will be proud of what he’s done and I’m sure Orient can move forward with the foundations that he laid.

“I think they’re one of those clubs where if they get a bit of momentum and they get a promotion, they can quite easily get another one with some big investment in there. He’s done a fantastic job and they’re in a much better place.”

Orient currently sit second in Group K of the competition after beating Southend United 2-0 in their opening game, while AFC Wimbledon suffered defeat against Brighton & Hove Albion under-21s in their opening fixture.

The game at Kingsmeadow kicks off at the slightly earlier time of 7.30pm tomorrow.