Thursday, May 23, 2013

Sir Alex Ferguson's autobiography to be published in October

Sir Alex Ferguson has signed up with Hodder & Stoughton to publish his autobiography, which will be ghost-written by the Telegraph's chief sports writer, Paul Hayward.

Sir Alex Ferguson: his autobiography will be published in October, ghost-written by the Telegraph's Paul Hayward. 

Sir Alex Ferguson, the former Manchester United manager, will reveal the secret of his success in an autobiography, to be published by Hodder & Stoughton in Ocobter.
The book will be ghost-written by Paul Hayward, the Telegraph's award-winning chief sports writer, who has already ghosted books by Michael Owen and Sir Bobby Robson.
"His career is the story of English football over the past three decades," Hayward said of Ferguson today. "It's a privilege for me to help him describe how he managed such huge change at Manchester United, and to lay out his countless insights and anecdotes stretching back to his roots in Glasgow."
For a man used to signing up other people, it must have been a strange experience for Ferguson to be signed up himself. But the former manager and Hodder, who announced their acquisition and publication date today, both know that there will be worldwide interest in his personal journey from a Govan shipyard to being one of the world's most successful football managers.

Ferguson, 71, who won 13 league titles, two Champions League crowns, five FA Cups and four League Cups during his 26-year reign at United, is reported to have reached a verbal agreement with Hodder three years ago. It is not clear how much Ferguson was paid, but a recent report of £2million is thought to be well wide of the mark. Book negotiations have been handled by his son, Jason Ferguson, who runs a sports agency.

According to a statement from Hodder, Ferguson "has been reflecting on and jotting down the highlights of his quite extraordinary career and in his new book he will reveal his amazing story as it unfolded.
"Sir Alex is recognised as having a ruthless streak allied to his drive and passion to win. It is likely that he could have transferred his leadership qualities with equal success to business. He will address this question in his book."

This will be Ferguson's second autobiography. Alex Ferguson: Managing My Life, was published by Hodder in 1999, the year Manchester United famously won the treble (FA Cup, Champions' League and the Premiership).
There will be plenty for Ferguson to reflect upon in his new book, as his tenure since 1999 has been full of drama. For seven years, he refused to give any interviews to the BBC, following an unflattering documentary about his son Jason. 

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