Alan Stubbs believes David Moyes is a "good fit" for Sunderland - and he has backed his former manager to work his magic in the transfer market.
Stubbs played under Moyes for three years at Goodison Park and insists the former Manchester United and Everton boss won't be fazed by the challenge facing him.
Sunderland are yet to add any new signings to a squad lacking in depth after a summer overshadowed by Sam Allardyce's protracted departure to England.
But former Black Cat Stubbs has backed Moyes to come up trumps, with returning midfielder Yann M'Vila expected to be the first arrival at the Stadium of Light.
"It’s a good appointment for Sunderland and it’s great that he is back in the Premier League," said Stubbs.
"He knows the league. He brings stability because they will have been rocked by Big Sam which was inevitable, they have moved quickly and brought him in.
"It is a similar situation to when he took over at Everton and when he left they were involved in the top six every season.
"He knows he has a big job to do, and will have a catch-up but hard work has never been a thing to faze David Moyes.
"If he is given assurances with the job and if he is given financial backing then everybody knows he has done very well at buying three or four million pounds players and made them into big assets.
"If he hasn't got the same budget as other clubs, he will have to look at a different market to get what he can.
"But Sunderland is a really good fit to where he is now.
"With that knowledge he has, the deals are there it is just a case of looking and I am pretty sure he will have a significant budget for players and will spend it wisely in the right areas he feels will benefit the club most," added the 44-year-old.
Stubbs is manager of Rotherham United, who Sunderland beat 2-1 in their final domestic friendly before jetting out to France for this week's training camp.
The pair spoke at length before the game at the New York Stadium and Stubbs admits he will look to Moyes for advice.
"He brought me a bottle of red and we had a good chat before the game so I know he is thrilled to be involved again after the last couple of jobs haven't gone quite so well.
"It is great for me to have someone so experienced I can pick the phone up to and give me his thoughts."
And Stubbs, who made 10 appearances in a red and white shirt, believes Sunderland's fanbase have a huge role to play.
"They are a very a passionate fan-base, great following home and away, it is a very intimidating place, not many teams like going there and he will find that," he added.
"He will want to make the Stadium of Light a fortress, his teams will be very hard to beat which is the David Moyes style."