Mick Jones dead aged 75: QPR lead tributes as Neil Warnock’s former assistant manager passes away

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MICK JONES, the former assistant of QPR manager Neil Warnock, has passed away at the age of 75.

London side Queens Park Rangers and Warnock lead the tributes for the ex-coach.

In a touching tribute, Warnock wrote on Twitter: “Sad to report my old assistant manager Mick Jones passed away this morning.

“We had some unbelievable times. Mick was the sensible one.

“I’ll miss him loads. Boy did we have some laughs. RIP.”

Jones worked alongside Warnock throughout much of his coaching career.

The pair first linked up at Notts County in 1989 and Jones stayed on as Warnock’s assistant through spells including Huddersfield, Plymouth, Sheffield United, Crystal Palace and QPR.

This stretch ran all the way up until 2012, with Jones finally retiring from coaching in 2013 after almost 40 years.

Jones also tried his hand at management with Plymouth after Warnock was sacked at The Pilgrims, and managed over 60 games between 1997 and 1998.

Jones retired from playing football and saw his first coaching role as a player-manager of Kettering in 1977, before leaving two years later to manage Mansfield Town.

QPR described him as “quietly-spoken” and a “trusted aide” of Warnock.

Plymouth and Huddersfield both joined in the tributes and described their clubs as deeply “saddened” by his passing.

Their first target after switching south London for west London was to steer the R’s clear of relegation, something which was achieved by collecting 20 points from their 14 games at the helm in the latter stages of 2009/10.

The following campaign saw QPR storm to promotion glory as they won the Championship with some breath-taking and enjoyable football.

Peterborough, who Jones had played for as a player, confirmed a minute of applause would be held between themselves and Plymouth ahead of their upcoming fixture on Wednesday evening.

Jones departed W12 in January 2012 along with Warnock.

The club’s condolences and thoughts are with Mick’s family at this difficult time. 

May he rest in peace.

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