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Niall Quinn

Former Irish international footballer, Sky Sports pundit

Niall Quinn (Honorary) MBE is a former Irish international footballer, and the former chairman of Sunderland AFC. After his brief coaching role, he continued with spearheading internationl development at the club and stood down in 2012. He is also involved in the management side of horse racing.

Niall began his footballing career playing for English Premier League team Arsenal (1983-1990) as a striker, joining the team shortly after his 17th birthday. He then went on to play for Premier League teams… 

Niall Quinn (Honorary) MBE is a former Irish international footballer, and the former chairman of Sunderland AFC. After his brief coaching role, he continued with spearheading internationl development at the club and stood down in 2012. He is also involved in the management side of horse racing.

Niall began his footballing career playing for English Premier League team Arsenal (1983-1990) as a striker, joining the team shortly after his 17th birthday. He then went on to play for Premier League teams Manchester City (1990-1996) and Sunderland (1996-2002). 

He made his international debut for the Republic of Ireland in 1986, and at the time of his retirement, he was the country’s all time top scorer. He won 91 caps for the Republic of Ireland and received widespread acclaim when he donated the proceeds from his testimonial match to charity in 2002. Niall retired from playing professionally in 2003 at the age of 37. 

In June 2006, heading the Drumaville Consortium of wealthy Irish businessmen, Niall successfully brokered a deal to buy a controlling stake in Sunderland AFC and became the chairman and manager of Sunderland. After his brief coaching role at Sunderland, he stepped down later that year to move into his new role as director of international development for Sunderland. 

Niall released an acclaimed autobiography Niall Quinn - The Autobiography (2002), which was ghostwritten by Tom Humphries and nominated for a William Hill Sports Book of the Year award. 

Niall received an honorary MBE in 2003, in recognition for his “oustanding services to international football and his contribution to charities. In the same year, Niall also received the prestigious Beacon Fellowship Prize for his contribution to medical and children\'s charities.

Nialll has also made appearances as a television pundit and commentator for televised matches involving his former teams with Sky Sports, of which he is now a regular commentator. 

He is a truly charismatic speaker who is in constant demand all over the world.

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