Quinn set to be manager of Black Cats too?

July 24, 2006

Niall Quinn has a dropped a strong hint that he is preparing to become Sunderland's new manager.

The former Sunderland striker is also due to take over as chairman following the success of his consortium in taking over the club.

Quinn has been leading the search for Mick McCarthy's permanent successor and may now have decided to take up the reins himself.

Quinn told Sky Sports News: 'In order to get to give the team a bit of focus - we are two weeks away from the start - we need to group together and we hope to announce something positive in the morning.

'We will have a great chance of going forward and I hope the fans will realise the path we are taking after tomorrow and start concentrating on football again.

'Things develop for a reason and we hope we are going with the best thing possible for Sunderland tomorrow.

'We are a couple of weeks away, the players are really fit. I think the fans have a different feeling to last year - it's time to turn the corner and I'll talk more about it tomorrow.'

The 39-year-old's application to take over as manager had been expected to be ratified by his own consortium.

Announcing Quinn as manager would afford the fans' favourite almost total control over the Stadium of Light club and end a period of uncertainty following last season's relegation from the Premiership.