Quinn finished his career with a highly successful spell at Sunderland, joining the north-east club in August 1996 for a club record £1.3million.
His partnership with striker Kevin Phillips was one of the most prolific in the Football League in the late 1990s and helped the club to promotion to the Premiership. Quinn also has the distinction of being the first player to score at Sunderland's Stadium of Light.
He became a local legend at Sunderland, winning both the Sunderland and North East Sportswriters' Player of the Year awards in 1999 after scoring 21 goals in Sunderland's record-breaking Division One title-winning season. His final appearance for Sunderland came on 19 October 2002 against West Ham. In June 2006 Quinn successfully brokered a deal to buy a controlling stake in Sunderland AFC.
In July 2006 Quinn became the chairman of Sunderland a position he held until October 2011.
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