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David Miliband in talks to become Sunderland vice-chairman

Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn has confirmed the club has held talks with former Foreign Secretary David Miliband over a role at the Stadium of Light.

Reports last night 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.

Quinn said today: "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."