Paradise and Beyond: My Autobiography

Paradise and Beyond: My Autobiography

Chris Sutton, Mark Guidi

Language: English

Pages: 186

ISBN: 2:00195751

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Chris Sutton enjoyed a hugely successful career at some of Britain’s biggest clubs. One of the greatest strikers of modern times, he starred beside and played for some of the biggest names in world football – Larsson, Shearer, Dalglish, Vialli. Now, in Paradise and Beyond, the Celtic, Blackburn and Norwich legend opens his heart on his incredible life story and lifts the lid on the battles he fought on and off the pitch in a controversial and successful fifteen-year career. From a YTS trainee at Norwich to the dugout at Lincoln, Chris has experienced the game from minnow to millionaire. Now for the first time he reveals his early success at Norwich and how he nearly lost out on his record-breaking £5million move to Blackburn after spending a night behind bars. And he tells the truth about his relationship with England superstar Shearer at Ewood Park. Chris enjoyed the most successful spell of his career at Parkhead and he relives the glory and success under Martin O’Neill. But he tells exactly why he holds Gordon Strachan responsible for him having to leave Celtic in 2006. Chris lifts the lid on why his dream move to Chelsea turned sour and his bust-up with boss Vialli on the morning of an FA Cup Final. And for the first time Chris unveils the truth behind why he chose to snub Glenn Hoddle’s England and his regrets at turning down the chance of playing for his country. This candid autobiography also has exclusive no-holds-barred interviews from the managers he played under, from O'Neill to Dalglish to Vialli. Paranoid. Sublime. Manic. Influential. Opinionated. Intelligent. All adjectives used by them to sum up Sutton. And off the pitch, he opens up on the traumatic experience of watching his baby son James fighting for his life and reveals the trauma of his own cancer scare. Controversy followed him throughout his career and continues to do so throughout this book.

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for a place in the Champions League and we were trying to avoid relegation. They were 1–0 up through a David Platt goal and were trying to kill the flow of the game at every opportunity, which is their right and what teams do under such circumstances. However, I felt they were maybe overdoing it a bit. I certainly wasn’t the only player in our team to think that way. We were all fairly agitated with their antics. We wanted back into the game and needed a goal but they were taking their time when

game. Lose a game and you’d think the club was in a state of collapse, such is the reaction from fans and media. Sven came to our games and there is no better place to judge a player than in the Champions League because there is no doubt it is a cut above the English Premier League. Some might say the standard is on a par with international football. But I’ve no idea if he watched me closely with a view to selecting me in his squad. Yet, I thought I played relatively well. From what I remember

was moving on. He has gone on to have a fantastic career. He moved to Chelsea the following year for a fee around £17 million. Clearly, Blackburn looked to him to get them going, be an out-ball for them, get running at the full-back and get crosses into the box. He was expected to put our players on the back foot. But Didier Agathe played right-back in both games and handled him superbly. Duff just couldn’t get away from Didier. For all the possession Blackburn had, they didn’t create too many

Premier League, albeit some will progress. However, many players at that level have deficiencies in their game, whether that’s something technical in terms of ability or to do with athleticism. Some guys are journeymen professionals and some other players are kids who hope to be able to step up to the next level. Money was tight and wages, in football terms, weren’t good in most cases. Buying players was virtually impossible with the budgets we had and you needed to adhere to them. A lot of

knew how to finish – right foot, left foot, he was very natural in front of goal. And he scored some tremendous goals. Davide worked exceptionally hard on his game, and we worked with him on the timing of his runs and his understanding. By his own admission, he was by no means the finished article but by the time he left, he was really getting there and it was very pleasing to see him scoring goals for Leeds the following season in the Championship. It just shows how quickly things can change in

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