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Eric Cantona admits he would 'love' the opportunity to manage Manchester United in a few years' time.


The Frenchman established himself as a United legend during four-and-a-half years at Old Trafford in the 1990s.

He won four Premier League titles during his time with the Red Devils and was the catalyst behind the club's domestic domination.

Cantona retired in 1997 and has since taken up acting, but concedes he would enjoy the chance to replace Sir Alex Ferguson as United boss.


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"Today I do exciting things and I am proving many things," Cantona told Sky Sports News.

"Today I can enjoy it even more, but maybe in the future, in a few years' time when Ferguson retires, yeah, why not? I'd love to."

When asked if there were any other clubs he would be willing to manage, Cantona replied: "No, Manchester United...or the England national team."

Cantona was one of the first overseas players to make a major impact in the Premier League, but is concerned about the current foreign influence in the English game.

He added: "I think it's important to have a minimum of English or British players in the squad and to still work on the young players.

"For the national team, it's very bad.

"To have the best chance to win things, you must have as much as possible with English players to have a big choice and work hard on young players."
 

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yangch0000 said:
with total respect to cantona, but he has done nothing to prove himself as a worthy candidate for the job.
True , indeed. Has he got ant experience ? Keano would suit us.
 

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True , indeed. Has he got ant experience ? Keano would suit us.
keano would definitely suit us, but id be wary of making him the boss in 2 years or so when fergie retires.
im sure he could keep success going, but it would be a big step up in my opinion.
an interesting possibility is the idea of him coming in as quieroz's number 2 and just learning from him a little more and then taking the job a few years down the line.

about cantona, he doesnt have too much experience i dont think. i wouldnt know if he even had coaching badges.
 

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I have always been keen on Eric Cantona to be manager ...

He has that certain 'je ne sais quoi' about him ...

Flamboyant, arrogant, confident and he is a master tactician ...

When he played, he would talk of Milan, Barcelona, Madrid and
many, many small clubs with such knowledge and understanding !

He is no fool either !

There is no way he would ever put himself forward for any
appointment that he didn't feel confident he could excel at.

People like Cantona thrive on success and winning and any
sign of a chance for failure and they run a mile !

Cantona would be a good choice in my opinion, if he makes
the choice of course.

He wouldn't be all that different from Mourinho ...
who, by the way, would be my second choice !!

futbol said:
Has he got ant experience ?
Ants don't play football sweetie ...

Keep taking the medication ...

Everything will be OK ...

There there .... :p
 
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He wouldn't be all that different from Mourinho ...
who, by the way, would be my second choice !!
Mourinho? :eek:

Never.

I want to be entertained when I watch United,
not watch boring defensive football :p

As for Eric, in all honesty he has no chance
of getting the job as he has no experience.
 

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carlyluvsunited said:
I have always been keen on Eric Cantona to be manager ...

He has that certain 'je ne sais quoi' about him ...

Flamboyant, arrogant, confident and he is a master tactician ...

When he played, he would talk of Milan, Barcelona, Madrid and
many, many small clubs with such knowledge and understanding !

He is no fool either !

There is no way he would ever put himself forward for any
appointment that he didn't feel confident he could excel at.

People like Cantona thrive on success and winning and any
sign of a chance for failure and they run a mile !

Cantona would be a good choice in my opinion, if he makes
the choice of course.

He wouldn't be all that different from Mourinho ...
who, by the way, would be my second choice !!



Ants don't play football sweetie ...

Keep taking the medication ...

Everything will be OK ...

There there .... :p
lol good post. im glad someone shares a view with me on cantona as manager. i have to say that it would be a massive gamble taking someone like eric on as a manager but the man is perfect for the theatre of dreams. he really would keep the glamourous style of football at old trafford and say if he did fail....if anyone is gonna drag us down to citys level after sir alex i want it to be the king because his interviews would cheer me up after a bad defeat

he aint my personal choice but if that did happen imagine the buzz round the place. would be interesting times.

but na its never gonna happen

carlos has it in the bag imo
 

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I'd love to see Keano back with us as the boss after Fergie.. I don't believe King Cantona was all business when he mentioned what he said... :)
 

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I'd love to see King Eric as manager. Although he seems quite confident in his ability, that he don't need coaching badges....
I do think he should get them..and manage a club or 2..so he could be in run in for it...
 

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why do we want keano and cantona as the new manger they were great players but what have they porved mangeing a team. i think Slavin Billic is a quality manger
 

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If he can get his badges in 3 years before Sir Alex retires I'd be glad to have him as manager. He's very intelligent and a good assistant manager would just be needed to keep him on the right track his first few seasons.

I'd feel extremely nervous if Keane or Queiroz took over but if it was King Eric I wouldn't really. Just something about him.

Definitely DON'T want some run of the mill manager that has made the rounds across Europe's big clubs. United is not like the typical big clubs.

-zuco- said:
Mourinho? :eek:

Never.

I want to be entertained when I watch United,
not watch boring defensive football :p

As for Eric, in all honesty he has no chance
of getting the job as he has no experience.
Yeah. The fact of the matter is it will never happen. United is rooted in tradition but they aren't going to put the entire club on the line to give him a chance.
 

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Well, I for one would love for The King to be the manager. It could still happen though, just not right after Sir Alex leaves. I'm thinking, Sir Alex retires in 2011, goes on to manage England's 2012 Olympic team, and Quieroz takes his place at Old Trafford. Then Quieroz gets Cantona as his assistant, just how Quieroz was assistant to Sir Alex. Cantona has 3 years to get his badges, and isn't thrust right into the hotseat. He'll learn some from Quieroz, then, when the time comes, he'll succeed him.
 

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Former United players/asst managers
as next manager ?

If Carlos Queiroz becomes manager then
we might as well get used to doing what
Liverpool do every year.

"This is going to be our year" ...
and then sit idly by as 2 or 3 teams leave
us for dead !!!

As an assistant manager he is brilliant.

He finds new talent, negotiates etc etc
and really takes the pressure off Fergie.

On his own he is lost !

This is just how some people are though
so it's not really a fault, he is talented to
be where he is of course.

I doubt Real Madrid will be after his sig-
nature too quickly.

Roy Keane ... ?

Forget it !!

Too volatile, even beyond the excesses
of Fergie's temper ! He will upset players
by the truck load before he finishes as a
manager.

He is, and always will be, a United legend
but for me he is just another Robson or
Bruce type of manager.

He'll be adequate and finish mid-table
year in and year out, nice and steady,
reliable etc etc but never a top quality
manager.

Mark Hughes ?

I do try very hard to be a fan of his as
a manager. But despite my best efforts
I just can't seem to fool myself into bel-
ieving he will be any better than Roy
Keane.

He doesn't have any flair and pazazz
about him. He's just, well, grey, not
just his hair but everything about him.

The colour grey is just there ... nobody
notices it, nobody hates it, nobody
loves it they just accept it and pass
on by. That's Hughes for me.

Robson and Bruce ... Grey.

Gordon Strachan ...

*Carly sits up and takes notice*

Gordon Strachan could march all his
players to the edge of a volcano and
say "OK lads you have to jump in there
now", and they would !!!

From watching him as a pundit on TV
he comes across as a very likeable
and yet knowledgable guy. He has a
very funny sense of humour, so quick,
so sharp. And yet ... if you crossed him
I think you would know about it !!

He has improved tenfold since he was
with Coventry. Let's face it Coventry
is like giving a master cabinet maker
a sheet of MDF to make his wares with !!

Celtic have had their best times in the
Champs League under him and I don't
think the fans at Celtic would be too
happy o see him go either.

For me Strachan is a contender ...

Along with Mr Cantona ...

Two odd choices maybe but you can never
tell where the next 'Great' manager will
surface from.

Who would choose a miners son, with a
shortened career due to injury, with
managerial experience at Hartlepool only ...
to build a team for £2m that would
become Kings of Europe !!!

Well somebody did ...

Or you would never have had Brian Clough !
 

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eric was the most wonderful magical player but managing utd is totally out of his league im afraid .he ain't got any managerial experience and his temperment is highly questionable enough said.
its easy to see the picture but painting it ,is another matter.
 

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Are you people totally mad? Cantona has NO managerial experience whatsoever. NONE. And you'd put him in charge of one of the top teams in Europe, based on how he used to play?? Lunacy to even think about it.

Brian Robson anyone???
 

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Brian Robson, LMAO.

I'd take the gamble with Cantona
before letting him loose.

Cantona is all theoretical of course ...
but even without any experience,
he's an interesting prospect.

Gordon Strachan for me !!
 

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experience isn't everything, he's certainly got the character,and the brains for it in a sense that he would build a betiful footballing team, i'd love it but i'd happily settle for keano :)
 

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What about Fabio Capello?

I mean in 2 years time when Fergie says he's gonna go the World cup will be on and if we (England) lose/win/dont qualify i would think Capello may be calling it a day on international football and want to be back in club football and there's nowhere better to manage is there?
 
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