Niall steps down as chairman, Ellis Short takes over. Quinn becomes head of international development. Apologies for a rushed post but it is important news – already mentioned in comments – and needs to be passed on properly. Make of this, from safc.com, what you will:
Sunderland AFC has announced that Niall Quinn is to spearhead international development on behalf of the club.
This new remit means that Quinn will relinquish his day-to-day chairman’s duties as he focuses on developing Sunderland’s profile and business interests overseas. To allow Niall sufficient time to devote to the challenge, owner Ellis Short has agreed to take up the reins as chairman.
Speaking about the changes, Niall said: “This is a great opportunity for us to make the club stronger and I’m delighted that Ellis has agreed to support the plan.
“He’ll be a fantastic Chairman and taking this role on speaks volumes about his ambition for the club.”
Ellis Short said: “I can assure our fans that it’s the same group of people continuing to lead the club.
“With financial fair play rules coming into effect it is essential for the long-term success of the club that we develop interests on a global scale and there’s no-one better than Niall to sell the ethos of Sunderland to an international audience.
He has been keen to drive this change for some time and I agree that it’s the way forward for us now. Assuming the position of chairman is a great honour and I will treat the role as guardian of this club with the utmost respect.”