Niall Quinn

Niall Quinn, an Irish international football player turned manager, kicked off his professional career with Arsenal in 1985. He soon became a regular on the Arsenal side, helping them reach and then win the 1987 League Cup final. However, in 1990, Quinn was signed by Manchester City. He went on to spend six years at the club, scoring 78 goals in 245 appearances. He has also played for the Republic of Ireland in two World Cups, in 1990 and 2002. Quinn finished his career with a highly successful spell at Sunderland, joining the north-east club in 1996, where he became a local legend. Quinn won both the Sunderland and North East Sportswriters' Player of the Year awards in 1999 after scoring 21 goals in Sunderland's record-breaking Division One title-winning season. Quinn once said "I learned my trade at Arsenal, became a footballer at Manchester City, but Sunderland got under my skin. I love Sunderland." In July 2006 Quinn became the chairman and manager of Sunderland.