When we first had George McCartney, I liked him.
A long way short of perfection, but good going forward and not too bad defending. Decent left backs are hard to find so Ringo or Lennon or Stella, or whatever he was called, was a welcome asset.
Off he went to West Ham.
That was also fine by me. At Upton Park, he became a much-loved fixture. Until we bought him back. At considerable expense. He was dogged by injury but never seemed capable, even when fit, of re-creating the past form he had enjoyed at our place and for the Hammers.
Now he is back at the Boleyn, on loan. Someone must have speculated that Martin O’Neill might want to recall him.
To which McCartney’s response, to Sky Sports, is:
I haven’t spoken to the new manager.
To be honest, before I agreed to come to West Ham, it was decided that my contract would be left to run out in the summer and sorted out at the end of the season.
So there is no chance of a call back and no chance of me ever going back to Sunderland.
Salut! Sunderland wishes the lad well. We’d quite like to hear what it is about the East End air that brings out the best in him. But from our point of view, sighs of relief all round!