Cascarino: Bruce move like Graham joining Spurs

Former Republic of Ireland international Tony Cascarino says he is perplexed by Steve Bruce's decision to leave Wigan Athletic to become the new manager of Sunderland. Former Manchester United defender Bruce completed his switch to the Stadium of Light on Wednesday afternoon, agreeing a three-year-deal with the Black Cats. NEWS: Steve Bruce named new Sunderland boss However, the choice of destination will have initially come as a surprise to Newcastle United supporters, with Bruce - born in Northumberland - a passionate Magpies fan. In the past he has revealed that he once sneaked into St James' Park to watch a match for free, while as a child he played football for Wallsend Boys Club and was selected for the Newcastle Schools representative team. And Cascarino says Bruce's move to an arch enemy reminds him of former Arsenal manager George Graham's decision to join bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur in 1998. "The thing I find really funny about Steve Bruce going there is that he’s such a staunch Newcastle fan and it reminds me of George Graham going to Tottenham," he said. "I’m not sure the fans will be that wild about it, having a big Geordie fan there. "I think they’d be delighted if he wasn’t a Geordie, but it’s quite a strange one for me to understand. "In football, you can see fans who just won’t take to a guy because of where he’s from and who he supports, so I was quite shocked that they would think this could go down without a lot of Sunderland fans not being keen on it. "Not for his credentials though, because his CV is spot on." And the former Chelsea striker believes Bruce's allegiance to the Toon could work against him, should Sunderland find themselves languishing at the wrong end of the table in 2009/10. "I think all the time they are on the brink, there will always be rumblings from the terraces and they’ll be even bigger when the manager is a Geordie," he said.  Tony Cascarino is a pundit for The New Football Pools who is offering anyone who plays Premier 10 the chance to get two out of their 10 predictions wrong and still win a cash prize. This means players are 10 times more likely to win a prize than ever before! To play Premier 10 visit NEWCASTLE FANS! Check’s ever-expanding interviews archive for more stuff to read: Web Exclusives Les Ferdinand Q&A Joey Barton One on One Michael Owen, Kevin Keegan, Les Ferdinand, Faustino Asprilla Boy's A Bit Special Steven Taylor, Danny Guthrie Ask A Silly Question John Barnes Perfect XI Ruud Gullit What Happened Next? Tony Cunningham My Secret Vice Nolberto Solano, Sam Allardyce Plus! Rate Newcastle players (and others) on Talentspotter SUNDERLAND FANS! Check’s ever-expanding interviews archive for more stuff to read: Boy's A Bit Special Anthony Stokes Ask A Silly Question Peter Reid What Happened Next? Marco Gabbiadini Plus! Nyron Nosworthy on Weekend Wonders and Sunderland on Talentspotter