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Gordon Jago

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Correct date formatting, replaced: clubs2=caps1=Gordon Harold Jago MBE (born 22 October 1932) is a former English association football player and manager.

Born in Poplar, London, Jago began his career in the Football League with Charlton Athletic, whom he joined in the 1954 55 season from non-league team Dulwich Hamlet. He made a total of 147 appearances, scoring one goal, at The Valley. His final season with the Addicks was 1961 62 before he moved back to non-league football, managing Eastbourne United.

In 1967 he was appointed coach of North American Soccer League side Baltimore Bays. After two years Jago was named coach of the United States national team but ended this role after suffering two defeats in his only games in charge. In 1970 Jago joined Queens Park Rangers as a coach and became manager in January 1971. It was under his guidance that the basis of the QPR team which in 1975 76 would come within a point of the League title was assembled. He signed pivotal players such as Stan Bowles, Don Givens, Dave Thomas and Frank McLintock and led the club to promotion to the First Division in 1972/3. Jago left the club in October 1974 and was later appointed manager of Millwall where he remained until 1977. In 1976 Jago took Millwall from the Third to the Second Division in.

He returned to North America to coach NASL side Tampa Bay Rowdies between 1978 and 1982. He later had two separate stints as coach of indoor soccer side Dallas Sidekicks between 1984 and 1997, when he returned from coaching. He became President of the World Indoor Soccer League from 1998 until the merger with the MISL for the 2002 season. He is currently the Executive Director of the Dr Pepper Dallas Cup . In recognition of his achievements, he was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in 2006. In December 2010, ESPN WIde World of Sports Disney Showcase, Gordon Jago was presented the "Lifelong Achievement Award" at Disney World in Orlando.




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