MICK JONES, the former assistant of 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.

AlamyMick Jones, left, alongside Neil Warnock[/caption]

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.



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The pair first linked up at Kettering in 1977 as Jones prepared for life after retiring from playing football in a player-coach role, before leaving two years later to manage Mansfield Town.

He then re-joined Warnock’s staff in 1989 with Notts County, and remained his 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.

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

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

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