Monday, July 24, 2006

Quinn to manage

niall quinn picture"Sacko" returns to Sunderland!

Newspaper reports today indicate that Niall Quinn and his Drumaville Consortium have singularly failed to attract a big name manager for Sunderland AFC in readiness for the start of the new season. Some members of the consortium have pressured Niall Quinn into accepting the vacant manager's position as well as trying to do the job of club chairman. It was also reported that former manager Peter Reid would be returning to the Stadium of Light as Niall's assistant, but this appears to have been rebuffed by outgoing chairman Bob Murray, who, according to a fan's forum, decided that he might renege on his deal to sell his shares, or at the least, make the takeover more difficult if Peter Reid was to return.

We learn instead that Reid's former assistant Bobby Saxton is to be recruited as assistant manager to Niall Quinn, (it's very difficult to forget "Sacko's" screaming sessions at the Charlie Hurley training ground), an official announcement is expected after this evening's friendly match against Shelbourne in Dublin.

Meanwhile in a deal woth up to 1.25 million pounds, the hapless goalkeeper Kelvin Davies has left the club to sign for Southampton, leaving only Ben Alnwick and the young Trevor Carson as our men between the sticks.

I just hope that these arrangements will only be temporary and that a frontline manager can be found before Christmas, methinks that the combined jobs of chairman and manager could be too arduous for even "the mighty Quinn"


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