Crowds affect club budget - Quinn

22 December 2010 06:01
Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn has warned that falling attendances could have an impact on the budget afforded to boss Steve Bruce.Saturday's 1-0 win was Bolton was watched by 35,101, almost 14,000 below the capacity at the Stadium of Light. [LNB]Quinn told the Sunderland Echo: "It would be a shame to start downsizing. [LNB]"I wouldn't be doing my job if I recommended that we should be paying big sums for players and the people weren't supporting the club." [LNB]The crowd for the lunchtime kick-off against Owen Coyle's side was the lowest of the season, 3,000 less than the club's average for the campaign, which stands at 38,342. [LNB][LNB] Does Niall Quinn have a point? Under owner Ellis Short, Bruce has purchased Ghana international striker Asamoah Gyan for £13m during the summer, and Darren Bent for £10m the season before. [LNB]Those signings have been key factors in the club's rise to sixth in the Premier League table and although crowds hit a high of 41,709 against Manchester United in October, they were still 7,000 short of capacity. [LNB]"I thought if we were in the top half of the Premier League, we would be getting crowds well into the 40,000s, but the reality is we are in the mid-30s," Quinn continued. [LNB]"The plan was always to improve and while we are doing that on the pitch, off the pitch the lifeblood of the club is just starting to get to a worrying area.[LNB] I'm not saying we are perfect, but I always thought I could rely on the support of a massive crowd Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn "I am not having a go at people who are economically challenged, but I know there are friends of mine who say it's easier to go to the pub and have a few drinks with their mates and walk home afterwards. But these games are shown illegally. [LNB]"I don't want to alarm people but, for me, there are a few question marks. [LNB]"I'm not saying we are perfect, but I always thought I could rely on the support of a massive crowd."

Source: BBC_Sport