Where is Andy Cole now?
The second highest goal scorer in Premier League history, Andy Cole retired from playing after a brief spell at Championship side Nottingham Forest in 2008.
A natural goalscorer, Cole won virtually every domestic honour in the game including five Premier League titles, two FA Cups, the League Cup and the UEFA Champions League with Manchester United as well as the League Cup with Blackburn Rovers and the old Football League First Division with Newcastle United.
Despite his goalscoring form during the 1990’s, Cole only represented England on 15 occasions due to his career overlapping with some of the best English strikers for a generation in Alan Shearer, Teddy Sheringham and Michael Owen.
Ironically, despite being team-mates at Manchester United, Cole had a lot of animosity towards Sheringham from when he refused to shake Cole’s hand when he replaced him as substitute on his debut for England in 1995.
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Since retiring from playing Cole has been involved with the coaching of strikers at both Manchester United and at Huddersfield Town where he linked up with his former team-mate Lee Clark.
In November 2015 it was revealed that Cole had been suffering kidney failure which he had contracted from an airborne virus that summer.
He subsequently had to pull out of a UNICEF charity game between an England & Ireland team against a Rest of the World team which had been organised by David Beckham.
In an interview on the Sky Sports programme Goals on Sunday in January 2016, Cole revealed that he was recovering well from the disease but he would only probably ever regain 80% usage of his kidneys.
In April 2017, Cole had a kidney transplant as part of treatment for a condition called Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis.
Cole has now also developed a career in the media and has appeared as a match analyst for the BBC on their Final Score programme as well as working as a pundit and co-commentator for BT Sport, Middle East broadcaster beIN Sports, MUTV and Setanta Sports.
He also represents former club Manchester United in an ambassadorial role where he attends various commercial and partner events on behalf of the club.
His son Devante Cole currently plays for Fleetwood Town after learning his trade at the Manchester City academy and has represented England at every level since under 16s.
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Andy Cole #One2Eleven (4-3-3 Formation)
Andy Cole was a guest on Sky Sports programme The Fantasy Football Club in March 2016 where he picked the eleven best players he had ever played with in their #One2Eleven section of the show.
GK – Peter Schmeichel – an unbelievable goalkeeper with a massive personality. He moaned for fun but that was what kept you going. I loved playing with him.
RB – Gary Neville – the mouthpiece of the dressing room who made the best out of his ability. Will do a top job in management when he goes into it full time.
LB – Denis Irwin – he made it look so easy. I don’t know what to see about him – he had it all in his locker.
CB – Jaap Stam – we hadn’t really heard of him before he arrived but when he left we certainly did. He had lots of pace and was very comfortable on the ball.
CB – Sol Campbell – we played together a lot of times for England and got on really well. He was difficult to play against and was quick and strong. Sol was one of the reasons why I moved to Portsmouth.
RM – David Beckham – I call him ‘superstar’ now instead of David. Had a tremendous work ethic in training and it was a pleasure to play with him.
CM – Roy Keane – an unbelieveable player, I loved playing with him. If he wasn’t playing well the rest of the team wasn’t.
CM – Paul Scholes – he was a dream to play with who could play anywhere. He was a magician.
LM – Ryan Giggs – a player who you could learn a lot from who used to control games. For anyone to play in a team for as long as he did is unbelievable.
ST – Dwight Yorke – it was meant to be and when we first played together it was poetry. It was special.
ST – Peter Beardsley – wow, what an unbelievable player who I learnt a lot from during my time at Newcastle. All he wanted to do was to get me to the next level because he believed I could be a star.
Andy Cole: Premier League Statistics
|Premier League Teams Played for||Blackburn Rovers, Fulham, Manchester City, Manchester United, Newcastle United, Portsmouth, Sunderland|
Statistics courtesy of www.premierleague.com