David Miliband set for Sunderland role

A day after it was announced he will teach politics at his old school, it has been revealed Mr Miliband could join the Premier League side’s board

IN surely one of the most bizarre transfer stories this season, it has been revealed that former foreign secretary David Miliband is set to become vice-chairman of Sunderland Football Club.

Just a day after the Primrose Hill politician revealed he was to teach politics at his former Chalk Farm school, Haverstock, it has been announced Mr Miliband is set to take up a non-executive role on the board of the north-east Premier League side.

The role, as number two to chairman Niall Quinn, could see the back-bench politician - who was beaten by his brother Ed in the Labour leadership contest last year - earn up to �50,000 a year.

Although many in Mr Miliband’s South Shields constituency support the Black Cats, he is in fact a life-long Arsenal fan, after living most of his life in north London.

Chairman Mr Quinn this morning confirmed the rumours, saying: “We’re 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 and have nothing further to report at the moment.”

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It is believed the Parliamentary watchdog will consider the move.