Ebury Press has signed a two-book deal with Harry Redknapp, Deputy publisher Andrew Goodfellow signed a deal for world rights through Phil Smith at First Artist and Peter Storrie. The first book, which is out in October 2013, is the English football manager’s autobiography.
Goodfellow said: “‘Harry is a one-off and his autobiography is a true classic. Funny, honest and insightful, his story is like a history of the game itself over the last 50 years. From learning the game as a kid in East End streets, queuing to see Arsenal with his dad, playing with Bobby Moore at West Ham to his rise as a manager from the likes of Bournemouth to becoming the people’s choice to lead the national team, Harry has seen it all. This will be the most entertaining read of the Autumn.”
The title follows Redknapp’s career including his time at Oxford City to “the unbeatable highs of the Premiership, lifting the FA Cup and taking on Real Madrid in the Champion’s League”.
Harry commented, ‘It’s been fun looking back and getting a few things off my chest. There’s a lot to tell. I’ve tried to entertain and be as open as possible and I’m looking forward to working with Ebury to make this a big success.’
The book, ghosted by award-winning sports journalist Martin Samuel, retails at £20 for a hardback copy.
Harry Redknapp has had a long career in football management starting in 1983 with Bournemouth.
He previously managed Bournemouth, West Ham United, Portsmouth (twice), Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur.
While in his second spell at Portsmouth, he managed the side that won the 2008 FA Cup.
At the conclusion of the 2009–10 season he guided Tottenham into the UEFA Champions League for the very first time. Redknapp subsequently oversaw Spurs’ progress to the last 16 of that tournament when defeating German side Werder Bremen at home. They were the only new club to have qualified for the next stage of the competition and went on to top their group ahead of holders Inter Milan, before defeating AC Milan over two legs to reach the quarter-finals.
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