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.
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.
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…
Just listened to BBC Newcastle claiming Niall Quinn (+ two businessmen) has agreed a deal in principle with Ellis Short.
HUGE SCENES. #SAFC
— Michael Potts (@MJPotts17) March 26, 2018
Niall Quinn’s return to Sunderland….. pic.twitter.com/GphLIqkMR0
— cheeses of nazereth (@cheesesofnaz) March 26, 2018
Niall Quinn coming back to Sunderland would bring the club back to life. He knows he can turn it around and we as fans believe in him.
Get ready for Magic Carpet Ride #2 boys and girls ?
— Connor Bromley (@ConnorBromley) March 25, 2018
NIALL RETURN Niall Quinn in stunning talks to return to crisis-club Sunderland and take over from Ellis Short
Quinn came to their rescue in 2006 and helped to guide them back to the Premier League https://t.co/973qugCb4z
— Macca (@sunderlandafc11) March 25, 2018
Stay calm, I repeat everyone stay calm! https://t.co/pjtAKamXsj
— ALS: SAFC FANZINE (@ALS_Fanzine) March 26, 2018
Niall Quinn rocking up at the SoL next season like pic.twitter.com/3a8LPtPOgN
— Damian Brown (@RasTrentish) March 25, 2018
NIALL QUINN HAD A DREAM
TO SAVE A FOOTBALL TEAM
HE’S GOT SOME MONEY AND HE’S GOT BILLY JONES
HE’S GOT BILLY JONES
NYRON AT THE BACK
STEPHEN ELLIOT IN ATTACK
ROY KEANE HE’S ON HIS WAY BACK
— Aurora Borealis (@SR5Paul) March 26, 2018
“clear ya desk ye Welsh fraud, Keano starts on Monday”
Niall Quinn – April 2018
— Wearsiders (@Sunderland1879) March 25, 2018
NIall Quinn almost runs SAFC into the ground as chairman – fails in all other business ventures and comes back to SAFC? If he’s just a contact middle man than no problem – but please god don’t give him any financial clout at the club! That would be the end of #SAFC
— Marcus Black (@marcusblackcat) March 26, 2018
Niall Quinn is rumoured to be in talks to take over Sunderland
Don’t play with my heart in such a way man, we can dream, right?
— Stephanie Wooton (@StephanieWooton) March 25, 2018