Date:Friday September 7 2007
Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn has backed Roy Keane`s transfer policy of buying young promising players.
He told the Northern Echo
'We back our manager - we believe in him and we are prepared to fund that belief.'
'The big mistake that happens in football is where signings are made for headlines and season tickets and then football is in there somewhere. At this club, football comes first in everything. If Roy Keane fancies a lesser known player in favour of a ritzy-glitzy player, then that is the player I will go for every time. The higher you go the more difficult things are to achieve. That's because we haven't been hanging around the top of the Premiership attracting players for the last few years. We are playing catch-up again in a way but we think that the idea of Roy Keane coming up and developing a career in front of 48,000 fans every week is a big thing. Players in general get stick for always just going where the money is. But I think sometimes we do them a disservice. There are some great players out there who know what the best football clubs are about and we wanted players coming here who wanted to wear this particular jersey with pride. Roy stands for something and people in football know that, especially after last season.'
Quinn went on to mention his backers the Drumaville consortium.
'The consortium have been fantastic. They came in at a terrible time for the club but a great time for an investor and were able to give it the boost it needed.
'Life in the Premiership is life in the fast lane, The consortium are aware of that now and the view is to help Roy as much as we can in establishing the club in the top flight.
'That's the brief of myself and the Drumaville board and Drumaville have stepped on the gas this year.'
In my opinion Niall Quinn can do no wrong. I love it when he comes out and makes a statement he talks with so much passion.
Let just hope our magic carpet ride continues and the team`s fortunes on the pitch change for the better.
Date:Friday September 7 2007
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