Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Quinn: We Are Premier Class; Chairman: Survival Will End Yo-Yo Years

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Quinn: We Are Premier Class; Chairman: Survival Will End Yo-Yo Years

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Byline: By JAMES HUNTER

NIALL QUINN believes Sunderland will have proved their Premier League pedigree if they survive this season.

Black Cats chairman Quinn is convinced survival will see the Wearsiders shake off their 'yo-yo club' tag which they earned after being either promoted to, or relegated from, the top flight four times in the past five seasons.

Sunderland go to next-to-bottom Fulham on Saturday knowing that they can take another huge stride towards safety if they can notch a third successive Premier League win.

And if they can secure their position in the top flight this season and lose the 'yo-yo' label, Quinn says he will find it much easier to bring in the players boss Roy Keane wants to keep the club moving forward.

He said: "Staying in the Premier League this season is massive. I've already said that I think staying up would be an even bigger achievement than winning promotion in the first place.

"It's not just about the finance that comes with Premier League status, although that is important to the club, it is also about the prestige and the fact that the fans can believe that we are continuing to move forward.

"Agents and players would also see the progress we have made and they would be keen to become part of it.

"And we would find it a bit easier to make the kind of signings we think we require."

Quinn's Drumaville consortium took over at Sunderland in the summer of 2006 and, under the guidance of Quinn of f-the-f ield and manager Roy Keane on it, they won promotion in their first season.

That instant success brought with it a surge of hope from the fans after the disappointments that had gone before but Quinn also points out that it meant a steep learning curve for both him and Keane.

He said: "Some people said that we maybe won promotion too quickly because we had only taken over at the start of the 2006-07 season immediately after the club had been relegated. …

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