Eric Cantona Becomes the New York Cosmos' Director of Soccer

Niccolo Conte@@NiccolocContributor IJanuary 19, 2011

NEW YORK - AUGUST 01:  A general view of atmosphere is seen before the announcement of the return of The New York Cosmos at Flushing Meadows Corona Park on August 1, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for the New York Cosmos)
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Eric Cantona has returned to the world of soccer. The former Manchester United legend announced that he will be New York Cosmos's Director of Soccer.

Cantona joins Pele (honorary president) and Cobi Jones (associate sporting director) at the New York Cosmos, and he has big aspirations. Here's what he said about the Cosmos to The Sun in an interview,

"I am very honoured to join the legendary New York Cosmos. It's a big project, a wonderful project. The Cosmos are very strong, beautifully made, with a great past. It's kind of a mix between football and art.
"I will do everything I can to help us first find our way to regain the No. 1 position in the United States, and then for us to become one of the best clubs in the world."

Cantona's role at the New York Cosmos will be to help rebuild the team, starting by attracting professional players to the club.

We might see David Beckham helping rebuild the Cosmos with Cantona in the future, because there are heavy ties linking him to the New York club.

While the New York Cosmos are building a formidable team of board members and directors, will they build just as strong a team? We'll just have to wait and see.