|Job||FAI interim deputy|
|Sunderland chairman [ex]|
|Club as Player||Sunderland|
2009 06 07 Retrieve
[Sunderland’s Niall Quinn Admits He Used To ‘Hate’ Steve Bruce] Steve used to get away with murder, because he was a little centre-half. Referees used to let little centre-halves knock lumps out of me. It would be true to say that when you’re a blue with a number nine on your back and you’re being marked by a red in Manchester with number four on his back, I would be lying if I said I respected him - I didn’t like him! But that’s not a slight - it was because he was so tough, he made life so awkward for you, and he constantly got the referee to whistle and the linesman to get the flag up. He was influential, as you know, that was his game, he was all-action. I had a few verbal run-ins with him over time but that doesn’t mean now, years later, that I don’t recognise his graft and determination. I know he’ll bring those qualities to his new job here at Sunderland
2009 06 16 Retrieve
[Niall Quinn says Sunderland’s ‘Yo-Yo’ Years Are Over] I’ve learned quickly that when you mention stability in football it can come back and bite you on the backside but hopefully stability is what we can have from now on. It would be great if Sunderland fans could get used to Premier League fixtures coming out and them always seeing their team among the leading clubs again. We have built almost three different teams in three years and it has been a very busy time on and off the pitch. You can’t continue on that basis and continuity and stability are both things you strive for. I have looked back at the history books and I would love this club to have a proper long run in the Premier League now.
Since the period before the mid-1950s, when Sunderland looked like being a permanent fixture in the top division, the club’s longest run in what is now the Premier League has been six years. That’s not a lot for a club this size and with this potential. During my watch as chairman, I would love us to get to seven years and beyond. That is when you say you are a proper Premier League club - when you are in the top league year after year. I feel that would be a real achievement
[And Quinn feels that such stability is the least that a fan-base as large and passionate as Sunderland’s warrants, concluding] There have been a heck of a lot of changes at this club in a short space of time but hopefully we’re through all that and we’ve now reached a point where we have the boardroom and the manager we want and we go about the task of building the successful team that Sunderland fans deserve
2011 10 03 Retrieve
[Niall Quinn steps down as Sunderland chairman] 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.
2011 12 08 Retrieve
[Former Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn hits out at PFA for lack of depression support] Our union sent a book to everyone last week. What’s that about? Then they back people like Tevez. They should do an awful lot more than go on telly saying they sent books out. Depression happens and in all levels of the game and sometimes it manifests itself in people three, four years after a player retires. They need to guide people in life after football
2012 06 20 Retrieve
[Niall Quinn says Roy Keane could be a future Ireland manager if he resolves differences with the FAI] Roy does not accept mediocrity and Ireland’s performances in this tournament were mediocre at best. That is what he was criticising, the idea that we were happy to accept those standards. It would take a huge leap of faith from both him and the FAI to appoint him, but also the fans he has railed against and the players he has criticised. But can he be the spark that ties it all back together and leads Irish football to redemption?
[Keane and Quinn fell out after World Cup 2002 during the infamous episode in Saipan. The Corkman later dubbed Quinn as ‘Mother Teresa’ but they patched up their differences within four years and the Dubliner hired Keane as manager at Sunderland in 2006] There is history between him and the FAI, but there was history between him and me before he accepted an offer at Sunderland and he did a great job for me there as manager. Just because there is history between them doesn’t mean they can’t resolve their issues and work together in the future
[The former Irish captain has said is eager to get back into management and has been linked with several vacancies. British bookmaker Ladbrokes have installed Keane at 25/1 to be the successor to Giovanni Trapattoni] He is available and if he sees a problem with the way Ireland are doing things, is he prepared to take the problem by the scruff of the neck and impose himself on it?
[In a 2002 interview with the Irish Times Keane said he would be interested in managing his country and quipped] Nobody would play for me but we’d have great facilities!
[Quinn concluded that he was not suggesting Giovanni Trapattoni should be sacked from his position as Ireland manager but said the Irish Euro 2012 campaign must be analysed further] I agree Trapattoni’s position has to be looked at by the Football Association of Ireland and it will interesting to see whether he still has that hunger. We have to see whether there is still some life left in his reign
2015 11 13 Retrieve
[Former Black Cats chairman Niall Quinn paid tribute to the former Manchester City, Leicester City and West Brom player, who lost his battle with cancer on Thursday] Marton Fulop was a most beautiful man who brought nothing but joy and a big, radiant smile into the Sunderland dressing room.
The news is so tragic. He has a beautiful family as well, and I echo the sentiments of all the players and ex-players, ex-colleagues and people who knew him. One of the tweets I saw said he was one of the good guys, and I can tell you that he was one of the very best. His care for others was noticeable. Every day, he was anxious and eager to assist younger players. He was just a beautiful man, and a huge character in our dressing room.
2015 11 14 Retrieve
[Niall Quinn on the passing of Hungary and Sunderland goalkeeper Marton Fulop] Marton was a most beautiful man who brought nothing but joy and a big, radiant smile into the Sunderland dressing room. The news is so tragic. He has a beautiful family as well, and I echo the sentiments of all the players and ex-players, ex-colleagues and people who knew him. His care for others was noticeable. Every day, he was anxious and eager to assist younger players. He was a huge character in our dressing room. Anyone who ever came into contact with him will feel terrible
2019 07 24 Retrieve
[Asamoah Gyan’s Sunderland exit explained by Niall Quinn] Whatever players say, I’ll tell you what the agents say and I’ll tell you what goes on behind the scenes. With Asamoah, he came to us - via his agent - who said ‘I have had a huge offer in the Middle East and I must go’ to which we told him ‘look, we can’t do that’.
We waited a six-month period to see if he would come back into line, we gave him a new contract too - although it did pale in comparison to what was on the table from Al-Ain and also he was being pressured by them to make the move. We were hoping he’d go there for three months and hate it and want to come back
He didn’t [hate it]. The fact of the matter is they were probably offering him five times the amount he was on with us, and we were told there was no tax on it, so in theory he was on ten times the amount he was on here.
If we were right up the top of the league, fighting for a Champions League spot then you have more ability to keep hold of players the way top four clubs do, but we were Sunderland trying really hard to keep everything working. If we were to give one of those players the money they were wanting - well, I wasn’t going to sanction that because it puts the club in a terrible position. We weren’t taking in any more income, we had hit the level of what we could spend considering [Former club owner] Ellis Short gave us a lot of money, another level would have blown the club into another level. It was the financial facts of life we have to abide by. Asamoah went, Jordan [Henderson] went - those deals alone brought us in £50 million to £60 million.
2020 04 16 Retrieve
[FAI announce decision to join League of Ireland Working Group] Today’s meeting with the NLEC was really productive. There is a lot of optimism now about where the SSE Airtricity League can go and the Association will give this Working Group our full support
I talk a lot about the art of the possible and so much is possible now for our game as the Working Group puts together a roadmap for the future that we can present to all 19 League clubs with confidence and excitement.
All the stakeholders are committed to driving this agenda forward. The clubs have given the Working Group a mandate to investigate all possibilities for our game.
We look forward to working with the clubs and engaging with UEFA, FIFA, Government, players and sponsors to offer the best future possible for our League and our players.
These are challenging times for Ireland and for Irish sport with the current COVID-19 lockdown but we will do everything we can to ensure our League is ready to prosper when football returns.
2020 04 17 Retrieve
[The FAI’s interim deputy CEO, Niall Quinn, outlined that working together in the coming months can help Irish football to overcame the challenges faced by the shutdown] So much is possible now for our game as the Working Group puts together a road map for the future that we can present to all 19 League clubs with confidence and excitement. The clubs have given the Working Group a mandate to investigate all possibilities.
We look forward to working with the clubs and engaging with UEFA, FIFA, Government, players and sponsors to offer the best future possible for our League and our players
2020 07 11 Retrieve
[Former Arsenal and Manchester City striker Niall Quinn - one of the stalwarts during the Jack Charlton-era of the Republic of Ireland - spoke of a man who did so much for his adopted country] I’m sure I’m not the only Irish person who shed a tear or two this morning. I’m devastated. I am finding it very hard to put into words what Jack meant to the whole country, not just to me and to those of us lucky enough to have played for him in an Ireland shirt. Jack Charlton led the band. He brought us, as players and fans, to places we never thought possible beforehand and gave us so many precious moments. He changed lives. For his players, he gave us the best days of our lives