“From Martyn Ziegler, PA Chief Sports Reporter”…Gordon Jago, the former Millwall, QPR and USA manager, receives an MBE for services to the promotion of international youth football
Gordon Jago’s QPR managerial career: Joined QPR as coach under Les Allen. A few months later, took over from Allen, first as Caretaker Manager, then “permanently.” The following season, QPR finished 4th and sold Rodney Marsh (and bought John O’rourke and Terry Mancini).
The following season, QPR went up alongside Burnley…and Jago brought to the club, Givens, Thomas and Bowles. The following season. Mclintock joined the team as QPR were praised for their football….Things looked good…Dave Webb joined QPR…Then the season began, Venables and Evans went to Crystal Palace in exchange for Don Rogers…And Jago left in September 1974.
When you think of Dave Sexton’s 1975.1976 “Championship” Side, with the exception of McClintock and Webb (both bought by Jago), Masson and Hollins: The other 7 or 8 were all part of the promotion squad that won promotion: Parkes, Clement, Gillard, Francis, Thomas, Bowles, Givens and Leach.
Jago went on to manage Millwall and then moved to the USA, where he coached Tampa Bay Rowdies and Rodney Marsh in the old NCSL where NY Cosmos had Pele; and George Best was playing, etc…post that, Jago’s been further involved in US soccer. (See below)
A decade later, in late May 2004, Jago was appointed General Manager of QPR by Chairman Jim Gregory, after Terry Venables went off to Barcelona. A week later, Gregory reversed his decision and Jago was out.
As reportedly reported in Rothmans Football Year Book
September 27 “… Gordon Jago, QPR’s manager, resigns and chairman Jim Gregory says that the Board will accept Jago’s decision. This dramatic development follows on a poor start to the season by Rangers, and some unrest amongst their players. Venables was sold, Mancini listed, Bowles suspended. Until a new manager is appointed, Jago’s assistant, Stan Anderson, will run the club….
September 30 Gordon Jago says that he quit Q.P.R. because he was demoted. He was made team-manager only, and wasn’t allowed to do the job for which the board appointed him. Chairman Gregory denies these allegations… http://www.ynw62.dial.pipex.com/thirty44a.htm
A 2005 Q&A with Gordon Jago
profile of Gordon Jago in America: