Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'Nasty' Niall Will Sort out Sad Cats

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'Nasty' Niall Will Sort out Sad Cats

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Byline: By Paul Gilder

Kenny cunningham is confident Niall Quinn possesses the ruthless qualities required to save sinking Sunderland after admitting the Black Cats boss will have no qualms about ending careers at the Stadium of Light.

Quinn pulled no punches with his players in the aftermath of a third successive Championship defeat at the weekend and, having demonstrated a nasty side that few have ever seen, the 39-year-old has made it clear futures are on the line.

While the likeable Irishman is renowned for his jovial persona, Cunningham last night insisted those who believe Quinn is too nice to become a successful manager are mistaken.

"Niall has the reputation of being Mr Nice Guy but he has the other side to him as well," revealed the defender, who knows his new manager well having spent six years playing international football alongside his fellow Dubliner.

"I hadn't seen that side to him before. But if performances are sub-standard he will let people know, as he did after the match (against Plymouth) on Saturday. He wasn't happy ( naturally ( and he told us as much.

"If players don't achieve the standards he expects from them, they will know about it. They need to be told in no uncertain terms if they are underperforming and they respect that.

"You have got to show a different side to yourself in management, you have to distance yourself slightly from the players and I think he walks the line well.

"He has a good relationship with the players and he is approachable but ultimately he has got to do it his way. He will live or die by the decisions he makes."

Quinn is desperate to add new players to his squad as he attempts to recover from a dreadful start to the season. Those whose performances have not been up to scratch are facing uncertain futures in the North-East. …

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