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Sunderland fans react on Twitter to sensational Niall Quinn rumours

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Sunderland fans react on Twitter to sensational Niall Quinn rumours

The Sunderland hero is apparently leading a consortium to takeover.

Being a Sunderland fan in recent years has been perhaps the most arduous of football fan tasks. The Black Cats have been in rapid decline in recent years. After flirting with relegation from the Premier League on four occasions Sunderland finally went down last term. Now it seems they are heading for back-to-back relegations after Simon Grayson and now new manager Chris Coleman both failed to spring Sunderland back into life.

For most Sunderland fans the blame lies majoritively at one person’s door, chairman Ellis Short.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 14: Niall Quinn (L) and Ellis Short chairman of Sunderland (R) applaud prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Sunderland at Stamford Bridge on January 14, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

Sunderland are currently in their worst footballing position since 1987 and face only their second ever season outside the top two leagues in English football.  Off the pitch things are not much better, with the club’s finances a serious concern.

What Sunderland need is a hero and perhaps they have it, according to some reports. Niall Quinn is apparently interested in taking over the club yet again. It is reported by the BBC among other publications that Quinn is heading up a consortium interested in taking over the club from the American.

Immediately, Sunderland fans got excited at the news. Quinn is a hero at the Stadium of Light after his excellent playing days at the club. He also owned the club from 2006 until Short’s takeover in 2009 and to say he is popular with Sunderland fans would be something of a gross understatement.

9 Mar 1999: Niall Quinn of Sunderland celebrates his goal in the Nationwide Division One match against Bradford City at Valley Parade in Bradford, England. Sunderland won 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Clive Brunskill /Allsport

His return to Wearside would undoubtedly give Sunderland fans renewed hope that the club might eventually be able to turn things around and return to the Premier League.

On twitter Sunderland fans have been celebrating the potential news. Many have compared Quinn’s potential return to the Stadium of Light to almost biblical proportions.

Others are however skeptical. Whilst there seems to be credence to the stories many Sunderland fans are rightly pessimistic. After the run of luck they have endured, such cynicism is a fair defence mechanism.

Hopefully though this does turn out to be true. The return of Quinn is exactly what Sunderland need to turn around their dreadful recent fortunes and get back to their best.

Here is some of the best reaction on Twitter to the news…

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