ROME - Starring in movies and coaching beach soccer is no longer enough for Eric Cantona, so the French Renaissance man is preparing for life as a football manager - at Manchester United or England. The talismanic forward, crowned "King Eric" by United fans and who captured four league titles and two FA Cups in five years, retired in 1997 at the age of 30. Since then his circuitous career has moved into cinema, both as an actor and director, and back to sport as coach of the French beach soccer team. However, the 43-year-old is in no doubt his destiny lies at the helm of one of the world's biggest soccer teams. "I don't know in how many years' time, but my name is already written on the Manchester United bench," he said in an interview in Monday's La Gazzetta dello Sport. "I'm not saying (Alex) Ferguson will go. I hope with all my heart that he has eternal life with the Reds." Cantona's Plan B is no less ambitious. "The only alternative possible for me is the English national team," he said. "I like Fabio Capello a lot, as a man and a motivator. He's tough, precise and attentive to details. "But I assure that sooner or later you will see me at the helm of England because I'm part of the history of Manchester (United). I'm number one."
25 May 2009
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