Carlos Queiroz’s decision to leave Manchester United and take on the Portugal job has certainly thrown a spanner in the works for us. Sir Alex Ferguson had been grooming Queiroz as his own replacement, allowing him far more freedom and responsibility than most assistant managers.
With Fergie already confirming that he only had two to three years left before retiring, it really has put the pressure on us to find his replacement, a process that Fergie is going to be active in himself.
With names of people strongly associated with the club popping up rather frequently, it is Eric Cantona who seems to be gunning for the job. In his usual dramatic style, he has claimed he would be honoured to manage our club, but would create a new vision of football in doing so.
“I can see myself becoming a manager in the years to come,” he said. “I will do it once I feel ready. It would be a huge honour for me to become United’s coach – it would be something marvellous. But if the moment came around, I would not want to do the same as everybody else. I want to do things in my own way. I want to bring something new into the world of management. A new vision of football, a different concept, a new philosophy. I want to bring in a method that has not existed before. I intend to return to the game with something that is new and original. That is because I am an artist, and I want to revolutionise football. It would be a pleasure for me to show my vision of the game. It is very original – just wait and see.”