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Quinn outlines manager wish list

Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn (left) and majority shareholder Ellis Short
Quinn and majority shareholder Ellis Short have much to do at Sunderland

Chairman Niall Quinn says Sunderland need a new manager who will attract top players to Wearside.

Quinn is searching for a third boss in three years after Ricky Sbragia, who guided the club to Premier League safety, resigned on Sunday.

"We need somebody who will come in and attract the type of player that Sunderland needs," said Quinn.

The Black Cats have been heavily linked with Gordon Strachan, who resigned as Celtic manager on Monday.

Quinn added: "We don't need frilly players here, we need proper men and a big manager can bring us that type of player."

Sbragia was promoted from his caretaker role to a permanent position in December 2008 following Roy Keane's decision to walk out earlier the same month.

He oversaw a clear-out of talent, with Ross Wallace, El-Hadji Diouf and Pascal Chimbonda all following Keane out of the door.

But he stepped down from the job following the final top-flight game of this season - a 3-2 defeat by Chelsea - and with the Black Cats finishing in 16th place in the Premier League.


American investor Ellis Short bankrolled the club's summer transfer spree in 2008 and he is reportedly on the brink of confirming his buy-out later this week.

That buy-out could have been for a Championship club because if other results had gone against them, Sunderland would have been relegated on the last day of the season; a fact not lost on Quinn, who has overseen the spending of almost £80m on the squad in the last two years.

"We need someone with a winning mentality," he stated. "We have got a lot of talent in that dressing room.

"At times, I had to ask myself during the Bolton game, at times during the Portsmouth game and once or twice on Sunday, what are we doing at the bottom of the league?

"But then there were times when I realised why we were."

A growing list of potential replacements is already emerging, with former England manager Steve McClaren, who is currently at Dutch side FC Twente, Croatia head coach Slaven Bilic, Wigan boss Steve Bruce, former Celtic manager Gordon Strachan and ex-Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard the major names among them.

Former Hamburg manager Martin Jol was also mentioned in conjunction with the post, but has just joined Ajax.

"We had applicants from all over the world at Christmas but the gospel truth is - and being kind to people - I hadn't heard of half of them," added Quinn.

"But I think it will be different this time."

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see also
Strachan resigns as Celtic boss
25 May 09 |  Celtic
Striker Cisse leaves Sunderland
25 May 09 |  Sunderland
Sbragia resigns from Sunderland
25 May 09 |  Sunderland
Sunderland 2-3 Chelsea
24 May 09 |  Premier League
What now for north-east football?
24 May 09 |  Football

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