"I think I went there last time with Everton when Paolo Di Canio had just got the job and I lost in that game," recalled the boss. "It was probably one of the only games I lost at Everton in the last 11 or 12 matches. We didn't lose that many.
"We go up there now with a new manager again, Kevin Ball, but Kevin has been there [for a while]. He's very experienced, he knows the club and knows the players. He’ll have watched all the games and he’ll know what he has to do in this short-term period.
"Whether he gets the job or not, nobody knows. Sunderland look as if they played quite well in the last couple of games [against Peterborough and Liverpool]."
When asked if he was concerned by the start to the defence of the title, the manager replied: "I am concerned that we didn’t win against West Brom. That was the biggest concern.
"There is a long way to go in the Premier League. It’s a long season. You’ll see great changes as the season goes on. We’ll hang in there and get ourselves as close to the top as soon as we can."