May 18, 2009

Retired French forward Eric Cantona on Monday reiterated his desire to return to England if the opportunity ever came up to coach the side where he made his name, Manchester United. Surprisingly, he also intimated that he would relish the chance to succeed Italian tactician Fabio Capello as the boss of the England national team.

Cantona told French daily La Provence, "If I am to return [to soccer] one day, it will be as a coach and because I could bring something new. But it will be in England, with the national team or at Manchester."

Despite hanging up his playing boots in 1997, Cantona has accumulated some coaching experience, albeit with the French national beach soccer side, with whom he won the inaugural FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in 2005.

He has also turned to French cinema, in which his latest flick -- French Film -- received critical acclaim and a cult status in England.

He faces stiff competition for the United hotseat when Sir Alex Ferguson does depart, with experienced title-winner Jose Mourinho considered a front-running candidate, together with David Moyes, who is hopeful of leading Everton to an FA Cup final triumph at the end of May.

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