Sunderland hope David Miliband can help the club to go global

16 January 2011 10:56
Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn is hoping former Foreign Secretary David Miliband will help the club achieve a higher profile around the world. [LNB]News of the South Shields MP's impending appointment to the Black Cats' board leaked out last week, much to Quinn's annoyance, and he is expected to be announced as a non-executive director next month. [LNB]Writing in his programme notes ahead of this afternoon's derby clash with Newcastle, the chairman said: 'Welcoming David Miliband to the club would be tremendous because he would challenge us in our thinking. [LNB] High profile: Former Foreign Secretary David Miliband is set to take on a role with Sunderland and help develop the club's profile around the world[LNB]'We have been on the look-out for someone who can bring an extra dimension to us as a club. [LNB]'If that person could champion our ethos of community involvement, then that would be even better. [LNB]'Should that person be intelligent and able to help the real football people, i.e. genuine football fans, then better still. [LNB]'If the same person is able to help the club in the wider world, that would be a fabulous asset to us. [LNB] Big ambitions: Quinn says the club wants greatness 'for many years to come'[LNB]'We have found someone whose ambition, intelligence and ability to achieve exactly suits the road map this club has in order to be strong and great for many years to come.[LNB]'Adding Mr Miliband to the board in a non-executive capacity would provide us with someone who possesses a wider spectrum in envisaging how the club can grow. [LNB]'As a former Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with worldwide knowledge and contacts, David would be able to help us become better known around the world.'[LNB] Sunderland boss Steve Bruce: I'll never be forgiven for that 5-1 defeatWhat the back pages say: Spurs prepare record-breaking Carroll bid, Man City eye £15m Henderson while Liverpool chase DowningNewcastle are a striker light but Pardew targets a win in first derbySUNDERLAND AFC

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