Niall Quinn, the former Sunderland chairman has decided to end his tenure with the club. Quinn was part of the Drumaville consortium which backed Sunderland's return to the Premier League before persuading American tycoon Ellis Short to take over.
After stepping down as Chairman Quinn became director of international development but has now decided after six year to concentrate on business activities outside of football.
Commenting on the decision Quinn said
"I've had the most amazing six years and it gives me a huge sense of pride to see where Sunderland is today,"
"Sunderland is in an incredibly fortunate position to have a hugely talented team of people leading the football club right now.
"There is a tremendous amount of energy about the place and the board and the executive management team are a dynamic and committed group, who hold the best interests of the club at the core of all they do.
Current chairman Ellis Short added
"Niall Quinn is and always will be a Sunderland legend. His vision brought me into the club and that vision still inspires what we do.
"His hard work laid down the foundations that we are now building on and the vision and drive he showed both in those early days and indeed in recent times as he focused on our international development, particularly in Africa, should never be underestimated.
"We fully understand his desire to take a back seat now and to concentrate on his own life and interests away from football and he deserves that opportunity."
We all wish the likeable Irishman all the best in life after the Black Cats.