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Meyler hoping to make Sunderland pay for Bruce 'error'
DAVID MEYLER claims Sunderland made a major mistake by sacking Steve Bruce – and the former Black Cat intends to make his old club pay for it this afternoon.
Bruce will take on Sunderland for the first time since his dismissal in November 2011 when he leads his current club, Hull City, into action at the KC Stadium.
Meyler was part of the Black Cats squad for the whole of Bruce’s 30-month tenure as manager, and was reunited with his former boss when he moved to Humberside on loan last season.
He has subsequently joined Hull permanently, and as he prepares to greet some of his former team-mates later today, he admits he still cannot understand why Sunderland owner Ellis Short opted to send Bruce packing.
“It is an honour to play for him, and I am always grateful he gave me a chance to play in the Premier League,” said Meyler. “I won’t harp on too much, but they made a poor decision. Sunderland should never have got rid of the manager.
“Just look at the fantastic job he has done at Hull City. He turned a team who were 55-1 or 60-1 to win promotion (last season), and took us up.”
Hull have made a strong start to the current campaign, and go into today’s game seven points clear of Sunderland in the Premier League table.
They are unbeaten at home, but having watched Sunderland beat derby rivals Newcastle last weekend, Meyler is expecting today’s visitors to be brimming with confidence despite their lowly league position.
“Sunderland will be flying after the derby win, especially as it was their first three points of the season,” he said. “They will want to build on that, and so will the new manager.
“But we don’t want to focus on them. We have a great squad, and we have had two great run-outs in the last few days. We pushed Tottenham all the way twice (in the league and Capital One Cup), and that shows what we are about.”
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