Quinn cuts ties with Cats
NIALL QUINN has officially ended his association with Sunderland and will return to Ireland to concentrate on his other business interests.
The former Ireland international had been working on the club's international development since stepping aside as chairman, but has now parted company with the Black Cats.
Quinn served Sunderland with distinction as a player, and then constructed the Drumaville consortium which financed the club's return to the Premier League under Roy Keane. American businessman Ellis Short subsequently took control of the side.
"I've had the most amazing six years and it gives me a huge sense of pride to see where Sunderland is today," Quinn said.
"Sunderland is in an incredibly fortunate position to have a hugely talented team of people leading the football club right now."
The Dubliner said that bringing in Martin O'Neill earlier this season was "the absolute highlight".
In a club statement, Short added: "Niall Quinn is and always will be a Sunderland legend. His vision brought me into the club and that vision still inspires what we do.
"We fully understand his desire to take a back seat now and to concentrate on his own life and interests away from football and he deserves that opportunity."