Sunderland will stay up says former striker and chairman Niall Quinn

FORMER CHAIRMAN AND CURRENT CHAIRMAN: Niall Quinn with owner Ellis Short
FORMER CHAIRMAN AND CURRENT CHAIRMAN: Niall Quinn with owner Ellis Short

NIALL Quinn believes Sunderland will be a Premier League club next season and no-one will be happier than the former chairman if that proves to be the case.

The Irishman provided the expert summary for Sky TV’s coverage of the recent Newcastle v Sunderland derby and struggled to keep his attachment to the Black Cats under control after one goal after another was scored by his former club while new head coach Paolo Di Canio danced jigs of joy down the touchline at St James’s Park.

That victory steered Sunderland away from the drop zone and the escape plan continued with victory over Everton last week, leaving Quinn quietly confident that the club will get the handful of points it needs in its remaining four games to ensure it stays in the top flight for the new TV rights deal next season which will be so important to the long-term futures of so many clubs.

“Paolo Di Canio has brought an incredible zest to the team right now,” Quinn reflected.

“How long it lasts is the big question?

“But hopefully it will last for a long, long time.

“They will do enough, I think, to stay up, and good luck to them, I think it will be great.

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