Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 December 2014

Quinn confirms Miliband talks

David Miliband
David Miliband

Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn has confirmed the club has held talks with former Foreign Secretary David Miliband over a role at the Stadium of Light.

Reports suggested the 45-year-old South Shields MP, who was beaten in the Labour leadership election by brother Ed, is to become the Black Cats' vice-chairman on a salary of £50,000.

Quinn said: "We are always challenging ourselves to find new ways to grow and develop the club and to make it stronger. We have had talks with David Miliband about a non-executive role at the club, but have nothing further to report at the moment."

A spokesman for Mr Miliband had earlier said discussions had taken place about a role which would focus on the MP's "international and community work".

He said: "David Miliband is determined to continue to serve his constituency and pursue his interests in foreign and environmental policy.

"Discussions have taken place between David Miliband and Sunderland AFC about a non-executive role with the club focusing on his international and community work."

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