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McCartney surprised Sunderland allowed trio to leave

Sunderland fullback George McCartney was surprised so many players were allowed to leave in the final days of the winter market.

Black Cats boss Steve Bruce let Daryl Murphy, David Healy and Nyron Nosworthy all drop down to the Championship on loan.

"It's up to the manager and those in the background to decide who comes in and who goes," McCartney told The Journal. "Fans are expectant here and they are looking for big names to come in and players to improve certain positions in the team.

"It's not up to me or the players to say whether it was a success or not, that's down to the manager.

"I was probably surprised myself to see those three (Daryl, David and Nyron) lads go, with the squad being so small and the injuries we have had over the last few weeks."

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