LABOUR leader Ed Miliband has backed brother David if he takes a role at SAFC.
It was reported Mr Miliband’s older brother David is in talks with Sunderland over a non-executive vice-chairman role.
The former Foreign Secretary – who was beaten to the Labour leadership by younger brother Ed – has many Sunderland supporters in his South Shields constituency.
Ed Miliband said he thought David could make a “real difference” to the club.
He said: “I was talking to him about this the other day and I think Sunderland are a great club.
“They have got real links in the local community. They are his local club in South Shields and I think that he can make a real difference there both in terms of links with the community and internationally as well and they have got international work that they are doing.”
Club chairman Niall Quinn said: “Welcoming David Miliband to the club would be tremendous because he would challenge us in our thinking.
“Adding Mr Miliband to the board in a non-executive capacity would provide us with someone who possesses a wider spectrum in envisaging how the club can grow.
“As a former Foreign Secretary, David would be able to help us become better known around the world.”