Quinn confirms Miliband talks

Published Jan. 12, 2011 12:15 p.m. ET

Reports suggested the 45-year-old South Shields MP, who was beaten in the Labour leadership election by brother Ed, is to become the Black Cats' vice-chairman on a salary of £50,000. And Cats chairman Quinn has now said: "We are 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." A spokesman for Mr Miliband had earlier said discussions had taken place about a role which would focus on the MP's "international and community work". He said: "David Miliband is determined to continue to serve his constituency and pursue his interests in foreign and environmental policy. "Discussions have taken place between David Miliband and Sunderland AFC about a non-executive role with the club focusing on his international and community work." Sunderland boss Steve Bruce joked: "I did ask for a left-winger. If it comes off, then fantastic. "He's down the road in South Shields and in the area, and we would welcome him on board. If that's going to happen, it would be fantastic for the club. "It just lifts the brand and what we are trying to achieve, and it might give a little more street cred, if that's the right word, to what we are trying to do." Miliband is reportedly an Arsenal fan, but that would not represent a problem for Bruce. He said: "He's in the area, his constituency is just down the road here, and I think he will be welcomed by everybody concerned. "He's high-profile and a very articulate and intelligent man, and I'm sure he will add something else to what we are trying to achieve."