Chairman Quinn ready to stay at Sunderland despite threat of relegation
20 May 2009 03:22
Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn has vowed to stay on at the club, even if they are relegated at the weekend.
But while the club's former No 9 plans to assist new owner Ellis Short and remain as club chairman for at least a year, the current leading scorer Kenwyne Jones has again indicated his future may lie elsewhere.
Time to grow up, Anton, just like brother Rio did, or you're in big trouble Since becoming chairman in 2006 Quinn has helped rejuvenate Sunderland and played a key role in convincing investors from Ireland and beyond to back his vision for the club.
The financial power at the club has switched from the Drumaville Consortium to American-based businessman Short who was at Fratton Park on Monday night to witness Sunderland's sorry 3-1 defeat.
And Quinn says he will be at the helm even if neighbours Newcastle United and Hull City leapfrog them on Sunday and send them back to the Championship.
He said: 'Ellis came to the Portsmouth game to lend his support. He's been a rock through this time and I hope we can do it for him. All being well, we will be able to make a strategic announcement soon.
'If we do go down then it will be a huge, demoralising blow. There will be players who do not want to play in that division. But I'll definitely be staying and we'll be pushing to invest to get straight back up.
'But, the thing that has given me most encouragement in the last two matches is that we've arguably been the better team in both. And we have to concentrate on ourselves, not worry about others, and hopefully we can get a famous victory against Chelsea on Sunday.
'It's been one hell of a battle since Christmas. Ricky Sbragia came in and his first game was away at Manchester United. The players put on a fantastic defensive performance and were beaten in injury-time.
'Ricky's next game was away as well, at Hull, and if we'd lost that were bottom of the league, in West Brom's boots. But we won, Ricky got us going and some of our fans were singing about Europe at that time. But we knew then that it was all about getting over the line now. The players' confidence dropped and we stopped scoring goals.'