After the club took the correct decision of sacking Director of Football Robert De Fanti earlier on this month, could club legend Niall Quinn be the right man for the job?
However unlikely it is that the former striker rejoins the club, he would certainly get a fantastic welcome from the fans after a spell away from football where he has been doing some punditry work with Sky Sports.
The former player took over as manager in the 2006-2007 before heading upstairs into the Chairman’s seat at the club before being ousted to be the Director of International Development as Ellis Short took the reigns at the club.
Quinn then left the club and ever since then, I, along with many other fans, have felt that there has been no real figurehead at the club who the fans could relate to.
It has obviously been a good week for Sunderland but the club cannot afford to repeat last summer’s transfer window, where he looked like most of the buys where De Fanti players rather than Paolo Di Canio players.
Duncan Watmore, David Moberg Karlsson, Elhadji Ba and Charis Mavrias were all signed for the development squad at the Academy of Light and have all been decent in the rare glimpses fans have seen him, the latter two especially impressing after their FA Cup goals this season while Watmore looks to be a good prospect indeed.
That’s the first seven players, and these are the only ones that have shown any potential in a Red and White shirt. Others such as Valentin Roberge, Modibo Diakite and Cabral have barely featured at all and have little or no impact (in Cabral’s case) on the team.
Emanuele Giaccherini and Jozy Altidore have featured in big parts, but have not being good enough for Sunderland, with Altidore struggling against a mid table non league side on Saturday in the FA Cup.
All these signings contribute to what was a fairly awful summer but a new Director of Football with a fresh approach could be exactly what Sunderland need to push the club forward and into a mid table position rather than relegation scrapping.
Some may not want a new DOF as De Fanti was frankly abysmal but somebody like Quinn would represent the Black Cats well and could be the man to work with Poyet, Margaret Byrne and Ellis Short to get the players in what Sunderland are in desperate need of.