Stadium of Light hierarchy in reshuffle.
Sunderland owner Ellis Short has appointed himself as the club’s new chairman after Niall Quinn stood down.
The American will now work closer with under-fire boss Steve Bruce as the Texan businessman takes a more hands-on role with the club.
Quinn, who put together the Drumaville consortium which bought the club back in 2006 , will take up a new position in international development.
“I can assure our fans that it’s the same group of people continuing to lead the club,” Short said.
“With financial fair play rules coming into effect, it is essential for the long-term success of the club that we develop interests on a global scale.
“There’s no one better than Niall to sell the ethos of Sunderland to an international audience.
“He has been keen to drive this change for some time and I agree that it’s the way forward for us now.
“Assuming the position of chairman is a great honour and I will treat the role as guardian of this club with the utmost respect.”
Quinn, who has been linked with the vacant chief executive position at Manchester City, is excited about moving the club forward.
“This is a great opportunity for us to make the club stronger and I’m delighted that Ellis has agreed to support the plan,” he said.
“He will be a fantastic chairman and taking this role on speaks volumes about his ambition for the club.”