Hull City's Steve Bruce has admitted that accepting the job as manager of Sunderland in 2009 was "arguably a mistake".
Bruce was known to be a supporter of Newcastle United, largely due to his father's ties to the north-east club.
When quizzed on his Newcastle allegiances, Bruce answered: "Being where I'm from, being a Newcastle fan as a boy, some would never forgive that."
Former Black Cats boss Bruce's new side, Hull City, play host to Sunderland this Saturday, with Gus Poyet's men hoping to double up and continue with a second consecutive victory.
But pre-match build-up has been dominated by the discussion of Bruce's time at Sunderland, one which he admits he was disappointed with the outcome of.
Bruce guided Sunderland to a 13th placed finish in his first season, after taking over from caretaker boss Ricky Sbragia in the previous summer. Sunderland continued to go from strength-to-strength, achieving a 10th placed finish the following season.
A contract extension was given to Bruce in February 2011, but he was to last just nine months longer in the job, as he was sacked as Sunderland manager in November, with the club in 16th place.
Bruce admits that he is still bitter about his treatment by Sunderland owner Ellis Short, and still feels that he was deserving of more support and patience.
Speaking about his dismissal from Sunderland, Bruce said: "I was desperately disappointed, after finishing tenth I thought I might have got a bit more time."
However, Bruce continues to look to the future after a promising start to Premier League life for his new charges, Hull City.
Hull are 10th after the opening nine games of the season, but sit just three points above the drop zone, with a seven point gap between themselves and Saturday's opponents.
"It didn't happen and you move on and thankfully Hull gave me the opportunity to get back to work again." Bruce continued.
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