Sunderland chairman Quinn explains Gyan departure

Asamoah Gyan (left) battles with Hartlepool's Ritchie Humphreys in pre-season.
Asamoah Gyan (left) battles with Hartlepool's Ritchie Humphreys in pre-season.
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CHAIRMAN Niall Quinn outlined the five reasons which prompted Sunderland to accept a loan offer from Al-Ain for striker Asamoah Gyan.

The Ghana international sealed a lucrative season-long deal with the United Arab Emirates club on Saturday, less than 48 hours after informing Sunderland boss Steve Bruce of his desire to fight for his place at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland owner Ellis Short (left), Chairman Niall Quinn (centre) and manager Steve Bruce in discussions ahead of the Barclays Premier League match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday September 10, 2011. See PA Story: SOCCER Sunderland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.

Sunderland owner Ellis Short (left), Chairman Niall Quinn (centre) and manager Steve Bruce in discussions ahead of the Barclays Premier League match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday September 10, 2011. See PA Story: SOCCER Sunderland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.

Bruce revealed his frustration after the weekend loss to Chelsea, implying Gyan had moved solely for financial gain.

In a statement on the club's official website, Quinn said: "From the moment Asamoah returned for pre-season training we could tell that there were people trying to move him on.

“We hoped it would pass by, rebuking approaches from the Premier League, France and Turkey and felt the player would settle back down and continue to help our cause.

"Throughout this time we were also receiving real interest from Al-Ain, but it looked as if that too had lost momentum by last Wednesday.

"Steve spoke to Asamoah on Thursday morning, asking him to knuckle down and we were all set to move on. Later that day however Al-Ain began a prolonged effort to get the deal back on track and this turned the player's attentions once more to a possible move.

"Come Friday, the chairman of Al-Ain and his advisors had flown into Newcastle and arrived at our training ground to discuss a potential deal for Asa.

"They were very professional but determined to sign the player and at this point we took a number of things into consideration: the player's obviously negative demeanour in and around the training ground; the fact that the transfer window in the UAE had over 50 days remaining, meaning this was unlikely to go away; the clear desire of the player to leave; the forthcoming African Nations Cup, which would have meant losing Asamoah for up to six weeks in the new year; the obvious economic benefits to our club in the terms of the final deal laid out to us.

"In the early hours of Saturday morning chief executive Margaret Byrne and myself agreed a loan deal to allow Asamoah his wish to move but that would also, and more importantly, protect the club should things not work out for the player."

Sunderland could receive as much as £6million for the temporary deal, while it was claimed Gyan will quadruple his wages in the Persian Gulf emirate.

Quinn added: "Steve Bruce, our owner and the board all found the football decision that Asamoah wished to make baffling but I, as chairman, with everyone's full support, decided that this deal was in the best interests of our football club.

"There was a lot of things that needed to happen before the deal was fully secured, such as a medical, which has in fact only just been completed today (Monday)."

Quinn also revealed relations between Bruce and Gyan were again cordial, with the player making a contribution to the club's foundation.

The former Republic of Ireland international said: "Steve's frustrations towards the player, expressed minutes after the Chelsea game, were understandable at such a time but I can reveal that since then Asamoah and Steve have made contact and they are on good terms.

"The olive branch is now there for Asamoah, but he will need to convince Steve, the board and every Sunderland fan of his commitment to this club if he is to return.

“I am delighted however that he has agreed to make a sizeable donation to SAFC Foundation for each month that he is away on loan.

"It also goes without saying that this puts Steve and his recruitment options in a far stronger position for the January window."