Eric Cantona has admitted that he would be interested in managing a French club, but would not want to be a national coach.
It is hard to predict which former players would make good managers, with plenty of great players failing on the bench, and mediocre men on the pitch excelling in the dugout.
For Manchester United, a fairytale would be to have one of its former greats, Eric Cantona, in some coaching capacity at the club.
Since retiring from the beautiful game in 1997, the mercurial Frenchman has dabbled his hand at many different exploits, but kept himself largely away from the sport.
However, in a recent interview with TV Mag, the now 47-year-old has stated that he would not completely rule out being the next Sir Alex Ferguson.
“Coaching a national team – no thank you,” the former attacker said.
“It is hard to coach players who are with you just for one week every two months and do not play together for the rest of the time.
“That is the strength of the Spanish team – they have eight players from Barcelona who train together all year.
“If I had to recommit myself to football, it would be at a club where I could coach the team on a daily basis.
“It would rather be at Saint-Etienne or Lens, the only clubs in France which to the public mind resemble the English clubs.”
Whether Cantona will ever have an official role in football ever again remains to be seen, but for the time being the United fans’ dreams may be one step closer.
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