TEN YEARS ON: Quinn waits on Reid bid

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Here’s a look back at what the Echo was reporting on SAFC 10 years ago on this date.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 10, 2006

BOSS NIALL HOPEFUL ON REID BID: Sunderland hope to hear today whether or not an improved bid for Tottenham midfielder Andy Reid has been successful.

Niall Quinn is desperate to add genuine quality to his left flank. And having been rebuffed by Spurs once, he is hoping an improved offer will make them think again.

NEW BOY CLARKE PLEDGES BIG IMPROVEMENT IN FORM: Downcast Clive Clarke has promised Sunderland fans he will improve in the weeks ahead after a debut to forget last night.

The newly-signed left-back came off the bench on the half-hour after injury forced skipper Steve Caldwell out of the game.

But the Irish an had been on the pitch less than 10 minutes when he lunged across Damien Johnson to conced the penalty which decided the game, 1-0 in Birmingham City’s favour.

QUINN DEFIANT IN DEFEAT: Niall Quinn last night refused to be bowed by Sunderland’s campaign getting off to two defeats in a row.

He is convinced that his plans to turn a emoralised squad around show signs of working.

And he says he remains committed to bringing in three or four quality signings who he hopes will quicken the transformation in the camp.