Rumours have abounded of Sir Alex Ferguson’s impending retirement at the end of this season as he hits 70 years of age, and an astounding 26 years at Manchester United. While he has been coy on when he would actually be retiring, and having reversed a decision to do so nearly ten years ago, rumours have always been strong that he has been putting his retirement plans in place.
Intriguingly, his succession plan has been rumoured to include Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola, who left Barcelona at the end of last season. Let’s take a look at his former protégés who have turned into managers.
The likes of Mark Hughes, Steve Bruce, Bryan Robson have all hit the managerial trail, with varying results. More recently, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been proving his worth, winning the Norwegian league with Molde and was a leading contender for the Blackburn hotseat amongst others.
What about the King, who retired at 31 in his prime? He has primarily been an actor, with his only managerial experience of sorts being that of the French beach football team. More recently, his work with football has seen him join the New York Cosmos.
So would the King accept the job given the opportunity?
“I would say, ‘United is special, of course I would do it. Today I’m with the New York Cosmos, but if one day there is an opportunity, why not?” he said.
What are the odds that Eric Cantona would one day become the Manchester United manager? Just like playing on partycasino.com, the odds can go either way. Currently it seems that Pep Guardiola is odds-on favourite to become the new manager, though Cantona is still within the top ten favourites.
A legendary footballer, mercurial Frenchman, bona fide actor, and eccentric manager? Stranger things have happened in football, I wouldn’t bet against that for sure.