Skipper happy with Quinn
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sunderland captain Steven Caldwell admits the players are relieved to have a new boss.
Sunderland captain Steven Caldwell admits the players are relieved to finally have a new manager.
The Black Cats had been without a permanent boss since Mick McCarthy's exit in March, with Kevin Ball having been in charge on a temporary basis.
Earlier this week, Niall Quinn announced he would be combining the duties of being the club's chairman, with that of first-team manager.
Quinn admitted he would take control of the side until a top-class boss could be found and the decision has met with Caldwell's approval.
"It's fantastic - a relief for most of the players," Caldwell told Sky Sports News.
"I think everybody was looking forward to having a manager and seeing where we were going.
"Everybody's delighted it's Niall Quinn. He's a very respected man in football.
"Of course, we know him slightly as he's our chairman as well. It's fantastic, so we are looking forward to cracking on and doing well."
Former Newcastle United defender Caldwell also feels Quinn's affection for Sunderland will help to bring success to The Stadium of Light.
He added: "It makes a massive difference knowing the club. I've been fortunate enough to play most of my football in the North East and I know how important it is to know the history and the ins and outs of the clubs in this area because it's such a hotbed for football.
"People live and breathe football in this area, so it's important he knows this club and he knows it better than anybody really.
"I'm sure he knows what the fans want. What we all want, which is success, is to win games and to get back to where we belong, which is the Premier League."