A Soccer Pioneer
The Autobiography of
with Wayne Barton
Few people have had such an impact on so many areas of soccer in so many places as has Gordon Jago. The word “pioneer” is not used lightly here. From his childhood in London during the Blitz, Gordon has followed his dreams in the world of soccer. He worked hard every step of the way, not just on the field as a great player and team leader, but also off the field in areas of managing, training, organization, and expanding the influence of soccer to the rest of the world. Gordon Jago has been perhaps one of the greatest advocates for the game in North America and most particularly with the youth of the country, which is the future of the sport.
According to Mike Woitalla of Soccer America, The timing’s perfect for Gordon Jago’s autobiography. In this review of the book, you will read about how Jago believes, “It’s incredible to see how far we’ve come,” with US soccer.
To supporters of QPR and Millwall, Gordon Jago needs no introduction. They will adore the story of the manager who revolutionized their clubs and how he did it. But the Jago effect stretches beyond English football, across the Atlantic and his work continues to inspire in Dallas. His ghost writer, Wayne Barton, has a passion for uncovering football’s lost yarns and rediscovering forgotten characters from times when the game seemed simpler and so much more fun.
–Matt Barlow, Football Writer, Daily Mail
Gordon Jago’s role as one of the innovators of football coaching has been criminally overlooked, considering how much both England and the United States owe to him. As usual, with his historian’s eye for detail and high readable style. Wayne Barton has delved to the heart of the subject. Few football coaches can say they have transformed sides from Millwall to Dallas, but Jago is one. An excellent story, full of surprises.
–Ian Herbert, Chief Sportswriter of the Independent