Niall Quinn walked away with £2million (€2.3m) at the end of last season, when he stepped down as director of Sunderland Football Club, according to a new report into Premier League finances.
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The former Irish great, was one of the Premiership’s highest paid directors, and received the pay out as compensation after resigning his position at the Stadium of Light in February of last year. Quinn initially put together the Drumaville consortium which bought the club, appointed Roy Keane as manager and made a successful return to the top flight. Quinn stepped down as club chairman in October 2011 and was replaced by Elias Short.
The Dubliner then became Director of International Development but left in 2012 to concentrate on his family and business interests.
“I have had the most amazing six years and it gives me a huge sense of pride to see where Sunderland is today,” he said. “Everything is in place for Sunderland to really make a statement, which was always my aim.
“Back in 2006, I had no business experience and little formal education, and yet the fans backed me and believed in what I was trying to do. They came back to the club in their tens of thousands and the faith they showed in me was humbling.”
Elias Short paid his own tribute at the time: “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. He has been a trusted friend and advisor to me throughout our time together at Sunderland, and while I’m sad about his departure, I respect his view that his ‘work is done’. My job is to carry on that work.”