Hearing that Niall Quinn has returned to football management will not surprise his legion of fans and admirers throughout the footballing world.
When Niall left his beloved Sunderland, many in the ‘football family’ felt it would not be long before the former Arsenal,Man City, Sunderland and Irish striker returned to Senior Management – indeed quite a few ‘experts’ in Britain remain convinced that he will one day return again to Manchester City in a senior executive role.
This week’s news that is indeed back in football management has surprised few. Without doubt he would be a major asset in a senior executive role at Chelsea right now – indeed probably Arsene Wenger would benefit too from Quinny’s wisdom whilst Sunderland fans remain convinced that a Martin O’Neill/Niall Quinn partnership would have grown into one of the finest partnerships in the game.
It is Kieran McGeeney though, yes the former Armagh great and now Kildare GAA boss, who can no longer rest on his laurels since ‘The Leinster Leader’ broke the ‘shock’ news that ‘Quinn has taken charge of Eadestown’s second team just months after stepping down as Director of International Development at Sunderland’.
In a scoop that even the most notorious of British tabloids missed out on , the ‘Leinster Leader’ shocked the sporting world by confirming that Quinn, whose children Mikey and Aisling play their football with Eadestown, was unveiled and officially ratified at a club meeting last Wednesday night. The former Arsenal player previously enjoyed success on the field with Eadestown and won a Junior C Football Championship title with them in 2008, coming on as a sub for the final ten minutes.
Speaking to the ‘Leinster Leader’ , Quinn said he is delighted to have reignited his managerial career with his local club.
For sure, Kieran McGeeney will not be sleeping too easily in the months ahead! Indeed with Quinny on the loose again, perhaps Pat Gilroy too needs to get the Dubs back on the winning trail or risk a fans backlash on Hill 16.