SAFC play down talk of Nial Quinn joining Manchester City

CHAIRMAN Niall Quinn remains fully committed to the Sunderland cause, despite claims over the weekend that Manchester City are eyeing his services.

Sunday newspapers have suggested that moneybags Manchester City are preparing to make an offer to the Irishman to move to the Etihad Stadium as a replacement for disgraced chief executive Garry Cook.

Cook was forced to resign over an email which mocked Nedum Onuoha’s mother’s illness.

The former Sunderland loanee’s mother is suffering from cancer.

But SportMail understands from senior sources at Sunderland that far from being tempted by any outside offer, Quinn is more committed than ever to ensuring Sunderland fulfils its potential and has developed ever closer ties with owner Ellis Short as a result.

Quinn, with his impeccable reputation in football established both on and off the field, would be a perfect choice if City were looking for a moral compass and an inspirational figurehead.

But the chairman has no intention of leaving Sunderland as he looks to see through the project he first started when he put together the Drumaville Consortium to take control of the Wearsiders in 2006.

Quinn said at the time that he wanted to restore Sunderland to its position among the leading clubs in the country and promised to take fans on a ‘a magic carpet ride’.

He has been true to his word – bankrolled first by Drumaville and then billionaire owner Ellis Short – lifting the club from the bottom of the Championship to a point where they are now enjoying their fifth season in the top flight.

But despite the fact that the Wearsiders have come a long way since Quinn returned as chairman, the 44-year-old will not consider his work complete until Sunderland are established, not simply as a Premier League club, but one of its leading clubs.

FULL story in Monday’s Mail ...