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By ESPN Staff
Apr 19, 2006

Quinn confirms interest in Sunderland takeover

Former Sunderland striker Niall Quinn has confirmed his interest in taking over the Barclays Premiership's rock bottom club.

The 39-year-old, who spent the last six years of his career on Wearside, is trying to put together a consortium to buy the Black Cats.

The Wearsiders will play in the Coca-Cola Championship next season after amassing just 12 points in a miserable top-flight campaign.

But former Republic of Ireland international Quinn is undaunted and believes he can make the Black Cats bigger than Newcastle, who beat them 4-1 at The Stadium of Light on Monday.

Quinn said: 'I don't know how much they (the Sunderland board) are going to look for but my worries now would not be financial at this stage - unless Sunderland go mad.

'It is not about putting money on the table and making an offer for a football club.

'We have to prove to ourselves, before we go near any fans or any club, that we are capable of running a football club.

'It's a jungle, as I have found out in the last three weeks.

'It's not a simple thing at all and that's what I am in the middle of at the moment, making sure myself and my group are capable of doing a job that this club deserves.

'Until we get to the bottom of that we can't possibly approach Sunderland.'

Quinn continued in the Irish Independent: 'We want to be ready for Sunderland so every question they ask we answer them dynamically about what is going to happen and that is what we are doing at the moment.

'I am afraid of nothing at that football club - when I was up there it was like being on a magic carpet when things were going well.

'The emotion of the people when they are in good form and the club is going well is something to behold.

'Everybody thinks Newcastle are far bigger than Sunderland but I know if this club goes right we will be bigger.

'That's what attaches to me to it. It is the potential, it is the people, it's their spirit.'

He added: 'I feel for the club. I feel for the people who are actually in charge now because they built a most incredible stadium there and put the infrastructure in.

'It's just not happened. You can trace back the problem towards the end of Peter Reid, Howard Wilkinson and Mick McCarthy not getting any money.

'There are lots of reasons why you can say things haven't worked out and it is a pity.'