New Black Cats boss David Moyes has admitted he sees lots of comparisons between Sunderland now and Everton when he took over there.
Moyes has a big task on his hands at the Stadium of Light but he sees similarities between this job and the one he took over at Everton in March 2002 when he replaced Walter Smith.
Both clubs had struggled in the bottom five or six and needed some stability to the side and Moyes hopes to bring that to Sunderland like he did on Merseyside.
He said: “We’re not going to hide the facts, Sunderland finished 17th and 16th over the past couple of seasons, so this has to be a building job.
“Hopefully I am here for four years and I can bring a level of stability to the club. It reminds a bit of when I took over at Everton.
“Everton had been in the bottom six for the past four or five years before I came in, so there’s a similarity there.
“But you are not going to change it in a couple of days or one transfer window and if we are a little late in the transfer market, we’ll do the best we can.”