Hodder & Stoughton has signed ex-Man Utd and Newcastle striker Andrew Cole’s “definitive” autobiography.
Sports publisher Roddy Bloomfield acquired world rights from David Luxton at David Luxton Associates. Fast Forward: The Autobiography will be published on 31st October.
Cole retired as a player in 2008 as one of the most successful strikers of all time. He racked up five Premier League titles, two FA Cups, the League Cup, the First Division Championship, and the Champions League. He scored 290 goals, 187 of them coming in the Premier League, a top-flight total only Alan Shearer and Wayne Rooney have bettered. Since then he has undergone a kidney transplant and found himself in the throes of depression.
The publisher explained: “In Fast Forward he’s ready to tell his story in this definitive autobiography, and talk with frank honesty about not just football, but matters of race, youth crime, mental health, and of course fame; that added commodity his talent placed upon him and which he found so hard to get to grips with. The book will also contain a foreword from his father-figure, and manager at Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson.
“If there is one word that neatly reflects Andrew, it’s resilience; he showed it in his legendary football career, and never more than in his life since. Fast Forward is a rare insight into the glory days of Manchester United, and into the mind of one of the world’s most inspirational football stars; for better and for worse.”
Cole said “I love football. I always have. I played the game like a punter and was never in it for the fame. Since retiring though I have faced new challenges. Serious illness and a kidney transplant have understandably changed my life and I want my new book to give an insight into the real me. Working on Fast Forward with my ghost writer, Leo Moynihan has been a pleasure (and emotional) and I hope the readers take as much enjoyment from the story as we did writing it.”