Ashley Cole’s word of advice on autobiographies
Chelsea are back up to second in the Premier League ahead of Sunday’s glamour clash at Liverpool, but life as a professional footballer is not always so rosy – especially if you write a book.
England and Chelsea defender Ashley Cole recently warned players not to release an autobiography if they are already enduring a bit of a rough treatment from the press and/or supporters.
“I think in the case of the book, I’ve probably done it out of frustration but it made everything 10 times worse,” Cole told the BBC.
The 28-year-old released “My Defence” in 2006 in response to the criticism he received for his conduct in his much publicised transfer from London rivals Arsenal to Chelsea.
Cole was close to crashing his car in shock when told that Arsenal would only offer him a weekly wage of £55,000 and accused the club of lacking ambition in their attempts to keep him.
Media reports have said the book sold only 4,000 copies while it didn’t go down well with one half of north London — he described his former Arsenal team mates as ‘lazy.’
It is easy to see why Cole feels he has been given an even tougher time following the book. He has hardly done himself any favours.
Why does anyone feel they have the right to release an autobiography at such a young age anyway?
PHOTO: Chelsea’s Ashley Cole reacts during their Champions League second leg quarter-final match against Valencia at the Mestalla, April 10, 2007. REUTERS/Victor Fraile