Hull City boss Steve Bruce offered sympathy to Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew ahead of their Premier League clash this weekend.
Bruce, who spent 18 months as Sunderland manager between 2009 and 2011, said the North East is 'not an easy place to manage'. Bruce also said reports suggesting that he is being lined-up replace Pardew at Newcastle were 'hugely disrespectful'.
Newcastle welcome Hull to St James' Park tomorrow afternoon.
Sunderland boss Gus Poyet says the situation surrounding Ji Dong-won "wasn't easy" for the club.
The Black Cats have been fined by the Football Association for playing the South Korean earlier in the season without international clearance. The club said in a statement the issue was a result of a "technical fault".
The 22-year-old is now with German side FC Augsburg and is joining Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund in the summer.
Sunderland have released the following statement:
Steve Bruce believes his former club Sunderland could be "in serious trouble" after it emerged the club were fined for fielding striker Ji Dong-won in four Premier League games for which he was technically ineligible.
Sunderland were fined a six-figure sum after they made the Premier League aware that they did not have international clearance for the Korean player.
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.
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.
Hull City boss Steve Bruce has admitted his time as Sunderland manager was possibly "a mistake".
The 52-year-old, from Corbridge in Northumberland, took charge of the Black Cats in June 2009 but was sacked in November 2011 after a 2-1 home defeat to Wigan. Bruce added that being a fan of their bitter rivals Newcastle United made life difficult for him at the Stadium of Light.
He said: "I was bitterly disappointed the way it ended and I'll never forget that day at Wigan when the crowd turn on you. I wouldn't want any manager to go through that.
"Looking back on it now, maybe it was a mistake being where I'm from and a Newcastle fan. I wouldn't say that's the utmost reason but a lot [of people] couldn't quite hack that."
Hull host Sunderland at the KC Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday.
Hull City boss Steve Bruce accepted that his side were second-best in their 2-0 defeat to Middlesbrough last night.
Speaking after the match, the former Sunderland manager said: "The better team won on the night.
"It was a frustrating night because we got nowhere near it."
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