It pains Chris Hughton to see Newcastle United, his former club, propping up the Premier League table.
Hughton's Brighton and Hove Albion side condemned the club to a fifth home defeat this season on Saturday.
A first-half strike from Beram Kayal gave the visitors a 1-0 win, which was Hughton's first success at St James's Park as an opposition manager.
Hughton, however, doesn't expect Newcastle – who finished 10th last season – to stay there for long.
Asked if he had "sympathy" for United manager Rafa Benitez, Hughton said: "Sympathy is the wrong word.
"We're here to get a result. Rafa and Newcastle will get results, whether it's next week or the week after. It's no different to any other result (to me). If you're asking me if I want Newcastle to do well, yes I do.
"I want them to do well, but not to the detriment of us."
Hughton, sacked by Newcastle owner Mike Ashley in December 2010 just over a month after guiding the club to a 5-1 win over Sunderland, wouldn't get drawn into the debate about the club's ownership.
The 59-year-old, a popular figure on Tyneside, had warm words for his old team after the game.
Asked about ownership and investment at United, Hughton said: "From the moment I left the club, that wasn't my concern.
"I was here for almost three years, a wonderful three years of my coaching and managerial career. Newcastle gave me an opportunity to manage, so I'll always be very grateful for that.
"It's a team I want to see do well and I'm sure exactly like last season when they had a difficult period the team came through it and finished in a good position."