Tuesday 30 September 2014

Niall Quinn too busy to be the new face of Sky's GAA coverage

Published 12/05/2014 | 11:44

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Niall Quinn & Gillian Quinn at the 2014 Punchestown racing festival at the Curragh Racecourse, Co Kildare.
Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Niall Quinn & Gillian Quinn at the 2014 Punchestown racing festival recently Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Niall Quinn is sticking to soccer punditry as he pours cold water over rumours that he'll anchor Sky Sports GAA coverage this summer.

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"I've heard these reports and they're completely untrue," said the former Republic of Ireland international who also lined out for the Dublin minor hurlers.

"If anyone had bothered to pick up the phone and ask me, they would have known that."

Quinn, who already works for the broadcasting giant, insists he has too much on his plate to even contemplate the role.

"My schedule doesn't really allow for anything else. I'm currently working out in Africa a lot with my satellite broadband business and between that and covering the Premiership, I don't have time for much else.

"I'm really pleased that the company I work for will be covering GAA, but I'll be sticking to football commentary."

Meanwhile, Sky Sports News presenter Rachel Wyse is hotly tipped to be the anchor for the GAA coverage and the announcement of their on-air team is expected within the next fortnight with their live coverage to begin on June 7.

Niall and wife Gillian have recently put their house on the market for €2.5m and Gillian explains that the palatial pad doesn't suit their needs anymore.

"It was a fantastic house for us 10 years ago when we were raising the kids and we had a clatter of horses and ponies and dogs but all those facilities are surplus to our requirements," she said.

"It's just myself and (my son) Mikey and my Dad rattling around here a lot of the time."

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