City line up Sunderland’s Quinn to replace Cook

Updated: September 25, 2011

Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn has emerged as a surprise candidate to replace Garry Cook as Manchester City’s new chief executive.

City are on the lookout for a replacement for Cook, who quit the club earlier this month as a result of an alleged email sent to the cancer-suffering mother of defender Nedum Onuoha, mocking her illness.

According to reports in English newspapers, Quinn could be about to make a return to the club he played for in the 1990’s, the former Irish international’s relationship with Sunderland’s American owner Ellis Short has become strained in recent months leading to the link.

Quinn is reportedly frustrated at the Stadium of Light and does not believe he has the full backing of Short and his team.

The possibility of Quinn moving to Manchester has also be boosted by the presence of City’s head of football operations, Brian Marwood, who Quinn has known since they were at Arsenal in the 1980’s

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