Cantona returns with Cosmos

Eric Cantona has returned to the professional game after agreeing to become director of soccer at New York Cosmos.

The American franchise, which became world-famous in the 1970s after signing high-profile names such as Pele and Franz Beckenbauer, won five NASL championships before folding in 1985.

Pele has been brought back as club president and the new board wanted another big name to look after team affairs, luring Manchester United legend Cantona.

“I am very honoured to join the legendary New York Cosmos,” he said. “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.”

Cantona’s role will be to help assemble a squad ready for the rebirth of the Cosmos in 2013, when they hope to become the 20th MLS team.

“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,” added the former France striker.

The 44-year-old will be officially unveiled in a blaze of publicity by Cosmos chairman Paul Kemsley, a former vice-chairman of Tottenham who is close friends with Sir Alan Sugar and Newcastle owner Mike Ashley.

~ via SkySports

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