Pan Macmillan has acquired Kevin Keegan’s autobiography My Life in Football, set to publish in September 2018.
Written with the Guardian and Observer’s chief football writer Daniel Taylor, twice named Football Journalist of the Year, according to Pan Macmillan My Life in Football will embrace the great clubs Keegan has been part of, the triumphs and despairs he has experienced, plus the team-mates and rivals he has encountered, the managers he has played under and the players he has managed, to produce "a deeply-absorbing and multi-layered memoir from a genuinely cross-generational legend of the sport".
Non-fiction publisher Robin Harvie, who bought world rights from Dave Daniels at Celebrity Speakers Limited, called Keegan "truly one of the icons" of the sport.
Keegan played at Liverpool in the 1970s, winning three First Division titles, two Uefa Cups, a European Cup and an FA Cup. Then, at the top of his game, he left Merseyside to challenge himself on the Continent in Hamburg, winning the Ballon D’Or, twice while in Germany.
He retired as a player in 1984, finishing his playing career with spells at Southampton then Newcastle. His 10-year England career, in which he captained his country 31 times, included 63 caps and 21 goals, but only one, brief World Cup finals appearance.
He returned to St James’ Park as manager for a five-year spell during which the club was promoted to the Premier League then finished runners-up in the top flight twice. Spells as manager at Fulham and Manchester, where he won promotion as champions, as well as England, followed, and Keegan called time on his managerial career after a short-lived second tenure at Newcastle.
Harvie commented: "Kevin Keegan is truly one of the icons of his sport, and has never been afraid to wear his heart on his sleeve. This is going to be a fantastic book for all football fans, and we are hugely honoured to be welcoming Kevin to a sports list that includes other sporting greats such as Johan Cruyff, Damon Hill, Mark Webber and Roberto Duran."