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Niall Quinn looking for ways to grow the club

Sunderland have issued a statement confirming talks of a non-executive role for ex-Foreign Secretary and Labour MP David Miliband, following media speculation about his position at the club.

Miliband is set to take his position as vice-chairman, earning an apparent salary of £50,000-a-year to effectively complement his £65,738 MP yearly earnings.

Despite being a lifelong Arsenal fan, the club have claimed that they will greatly benefit from his political and global experience who will help to propel the club forward positively.

Club chairman Niall Quinn told the club's official website: "We're always challenging ourselves to find new ways to grow and develop the club and to make it stronger. We have had talks with David Miliband about a non executive role at the club but have nothing further to report at the moment."

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