Hull City manager Steve Bruce has been impressed by Middlesbrough and says the club deserve success in the future.
Boro narrowly missed out on promotion to the Premier League last season, losing to Norwich in the Championship play-off final.
But speaking ahead of his side's match against Middlesbrough, Bruce said would like to see the club back in the top flight.
Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka has held his pre-match press conference ahead of Boro's trip to Championship leaders Hull City on Saturday.
Speaking ahead of the game, the Spaniard was full of praise for Hull and their manager Steve Bruce.
Middlesbrough's trip to Championship leaders Hull City 'will be a good test', according to Head Coach Aitor Karanka.
Boro, who are just one point below Hull in the table, travel to the KC Stadium on Saturday.
Hull City boss Steve Bruce is 'one of the best managers in the Championship', according to Middlesbrough Head Coach Aitor Karanka.
The Spaniard will go head-to-head with Bruce on Saturday as Boro travel to the KC Stadium to face the Championship leaders. Speaking ahead of the game, Karanka was full of praise for his opposite number.
Bruce has been shortlisted for October's Championship Manager of the Month award.
The reality of Sunderland's relegation battle can wait a while longer: fans are dreaming of another trip to Wembley, The club could book their place in the semi-final - which is played at Wembley - if Gus Pouyet's team win at Hull in the FA Cup quarter-finals.
Sports Correspondent Simon O'Rourke reports.
Hull City manager Steve Bruce says his side's 2-0 win over former club Sunderland was "no sweeter" than any other victory.
Bruce spent two-and-a-half years as Sunderland manager before being sacked in November 2011.
Sunderland boss Gus Poyet gives his analysis of Hull City ahead of tomorrow's Premier League match at the Stadium of Light.
Hull City manager Steve Bruce says he's looking forward to this weekend's trip to former club Sunderland.
Bruce spent two-and-a-half years as manager at the Stadium of Light before being sacked in November 2011.
Aitor Karanka says Middlesbrough must give "120 percent" in order to beat Hull City in their FA Cup Third Round clash at the Riverside on Saturday.
Sunderland striker Danny Graham has joined Hull City on a one-year loan deal.
The 27-year-old had only been with the Black Cats since January after making a £5 million move from Swansea. But after failing to score in 13 appearances, he'll now spend next season at the KC Stadium.
Graham told Hull City's official website: "It's great to come to a club where everybody is on a high after winning promotion and I've only heard good things about this club.
"It's exactly the same as when I joined Swansea a couple of years ago, a club coming up into the Premier League.
"I know I'm coming to a good club with a top manager, a fantastic stadium and some very good players."
Graham has now linked up with the Tigers in Portugal for their pre-season campaign.