McCartney wings his way back home to Sunderland under orders from the wife

George McCartney rejoined Sunderland because his wife could not settle.

The full-back left West Ham to return to the north east in a £6million deal even though manager Alan Curbishley promised that no-one else would leave following the sale of Anton Ferdinand. 

George McCartney

Bye George: West Ham defender George McCartney has returned to Sunderland after his wife failed to settle in London.

The Northern Ireland international said: 'My wife Elaine didn't settle and Sunderland have offered me the chance to return to the north east where I spent ten years.

'I'd like to wish West Ham and Alan Curbishley all the very best of luck.'

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