Eric Cantona has been appointed director of soccer at United States club New York Cosmos.
“It’s a wonderful project. It’s kind of a mix between football and art,” said the former Manchester United legend, who retired in 1997.
The Cosmos were relaunched in August by former Tottenham director Paul Kelmsey.
Cantona’s new club have neither a team nor a stadium yet, but hope to play in various tournaments and exhibitions.
In a statement confirming his appointment, the Cosmos said the Frenchman will provide “innovative leadership” and “cutting-edge creativity” as they attempt to attract and develop players.
The Cosmos are very strong, beautifully made, with a great past,” added Cantona.
“I will do everything that I can to help us first find our way to regain the number one position in the United States, and then for us to become one of the best clubs in the world over the coming years.”
Former USA international, Cobi Jones, will work alongside Cantona as associate director of soccer.
Cantona announced his retirement 14 years ago at the age of 30, after winning five titles in six years with Manchester United and Leeds United.
Since leaving professional football he has concentrated on his acting career, appearing in Elizabeth alongside Cate Blanchett in 1998 before being directed by Ken Loach in the 2009 film Looking for Eric.