Niall Quinn Q Sat
A former professional footballer, Niall Quinn MBE played for Arsenal, Manchester City and Sunderland in a glittering career lasting two decades.
Serving the Republic of Ireland with distinction, Quinn amassed 21 goals in 92 appearances for his country and played starring roles in FIFA World Cup competitions in Italy in 1990 and Japan and South Korea in 2002.
He received widespread praise following his testimonial game between Sunderland and a Republic of Ireland XI in 2002, breaking with tradition to selflessly donate all proceeds from the game to charities including major children’s hospitals in Dublin and Sunderland.
His contribution to football and charity earned him an honorary MBE in 2003.
After retiring as a player that year, Quinn returned to the game and to Sunderland in 2006 when he brokered the deal which saw the Drumaville Consortium of Irish businessmen take control at the Stadium of Light. Appointed as Chairman, his first season resulted in the club’s promotion to the Barclays Premier League where it has remained and flourished since.
Quinn left Sunderland in February 2012, to run his own company in Ireland called Qsat, which provides high speed broadband to unserved rural locations in Ireland, England and Africa.
He also analyses Premier League and Champions League football coverage for Sky Sports.