Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn has confirmed the club has held talks with former Foreign Secretary David Miliband over a role at the Stadium of Light.
Reports had suggested the 45-year-old South Shields MP, who was beaten in the Labour leadership election by brother Ed, is to become the Black Cats' vice-chairman on a salary of £50,000.
Quinn confirmed ''We are always challenging ourselves to find new ways to grow and develop the club and to make it stronger. We have had talks with David Miliband about a non-executive role at the club, but have nothing further to report at the moment.''
A spokesman for Mr Miliband had earlier said discussions had taken place about a role which would focus on the MP's ''international and community work''.
He said: ''David Miliband is determined to continue to serve his constituency and pursue his interests in foreign and environmental policy.
''Discussions have taken place between David Miliband and Sunderland AFC about a non-executive role with the club focusing on his international and community work.''