After Hibernian manager Dan McMichael died due to the effects of the flu pandemic, Gordon was appointed manager in February 1919. His time in charge of Hibernian was unsuccessful, but he signed some players who reached Scottish Cup finals in 1923 and 1924 under his successor, Alex Maley. Gordon resigned as Hibs manager in April 1921. After this he had short stints as a player with Kilmarnock, St Bernard's and Leith Athletic, before his playing retirement in 1922. Gordon later managed Hartlepools United and St Bernard's.