The Black Cats legend could be set to return to the Stadium of Light.
His predecessor, of course, resigned over the Adam Johnson saga, leaving the Black Cats in need of a replacement.
Quinn has experience en masse of life at the Stadium of Light. As a famous Sunderland striker, the 49-year-old became a club icon - and then also served in the boardroom.
But would he be the perfect choice to return to the boardroom for Sunderland?
Opinion among Sunderland fans has been mixed on Twitter after the report came out on Saturday night. Many feel Quinn's legendary status on Wearside makes him the ideal fit.
Others, however, question whether he is really qualified enough to be a chief executive. If Quinn gets the job, he could preside over one of the club's most important summer transfer windows in years.
Here's what supporters have been saying on social media... what do you think?
Niall Quinn looks like hes coming back to Sunderland as Managerial director it all fell to bits when he left so im delighted with this #SAFC— joshua bunting (@Distillerymad) March 12, 2016
Come on without,— Tommy Montgomery ل (@Tom_Montgomery1) March 13, 2016
Come on within,
You' not see nothing like The Mighty Quinn#SAFC
As much as I love Quinn he's not the right man for chief exec job, we need to stop dwelling in the past #safc— Lee Willingale (@lee_willingale) March 13, 2016
I understand people excited about Quinn, and I'd love him back in some capacity, but is he really qualified to be a chief executive? #safc— Richard James Purdom (@Doreen_McGloomy) March 13, 2016