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Pretentious Cantona On Artistic Football Coaching Job

With time running out on Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United career, the search for his replacement brings about an element of panic for our fans. After spending over two decades with the club winning trophy after trophy, the idea of bringing someone else in is terrifying.

With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer currently learning his trade with our Reserves, there would be some who fancied him for the job. Another former player whose name always gets a mention has today claimed that for him to become a football coach, he must manage great players. He’d have to look hard to find a team with greater players than United!

“I have the pretentiousness to think that I must work with great players,” said Cantona. “Just look at Maradona, he is the perfect example of what I’m saying. As a club coach he has won 2 games out of 25. But being Argentina’s coach is the ideal place for him and his results are proving it. I don’t know if I’m right, but I have convictions and if coaching is to be my job, I will do it as an artist.”


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13 Comments

  1. Jake says:

    great player but no chance of him being our next manager, thank god…It would be like a circus

  2. King Eric says:

    Agree with Jake but it would be amusing.

  3. klauq says:

    haha the king already quoted a fact: Maradona only managed to win 2 out 25 club games as a manager. And surely this fact is AGAINST himself.

  4. debrabs says:

    Why not as a coach though? he could be inspirational… it doesnt have to be as a manager.. i think it would be worth a shot as first team coach or something?

  5. Red Rooney says:

    i watched the interview and he said something that is very true.

    “some managers are not meant to work with medium level ordinary players…if tomorrow i will become a manager, i will try to work as an artist, create something new or pleasing to the eye. i want to work with great players…” then he says…” i will work with a club like manchester. it is like maradona, he was club manager but was not successful. sometimes the message does not pass through ordinary players. now he is argentina’s coach working with great players. some people are like that. i am like that…”

  6. Devilinho says:

    if Moaninho can be a manager, then the king definitely can be a manager not just a coach.. Cantona can and will be an inspiration for the whole team and everyone in the club respects him..

    when Sir Alex hang up his gum, the team will be having a huge egos and trophies to deal with, and the players need someone will respected in the club and has arrogant enough bring them to earth. although we need someone will experienced to be his assistant.

    TBO CQ is suitable to heir SAF but he left us twice, so i don’t fancy him to be the manager. but why not the assistant manager..

  7. frodoisdead says:

    the press conferences would be priceless.

  8. SteRDLK says:

    I dont think United could afford to put a complete unknown (in managerial terms) in such a high pressure, high demanding job. Sorry Eric, you just arent the man to replace Sir Alex

  9. Anacharsis De Cloots says:

    Un Philosophes extraordinaire!!!

  10. Mic says:

    Get him doing some coaching then to prove his worth, I know if he could prove he could manage i’d have no problem with him taking over, I love the bloke as i’m sure every United fan does!

  11. TonyBee says:

    Great player….. but a complete fucking dickhead now….

  12. Mike64 says:

    I’ve got some pigeons. I want the albatross to be in goal.

  13. tallared1 says:

    ha ha eric!! you truly are a legend.be a case of the lunatics running the asylum, unfortunately we need someone established and there will be no place for romance when a decision needs to be made. i for one love eric and would hate to have my memories ruined if the crazy bastard relegated us

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