Ball happy to take charge of Sunderland for Cup tie
U21 coach Ball is stepping in following the sacking of Paolo di Canio.
He said: "The situation last time was slightly different to this time, but it did give you an experience, whether it be for one or 10 games.
"I enjoyed it last time and I hope I feel the same way about this one as well.
"It allows you to say, 'Well, I have done it before, it's not something that's unexpected'.
"But I think sometimes, you have to get away from the fact that I have been a player for 20 years, I have coached for 10 years, so within that, you do so many things that a manager would do anyhow, it's not a fantastically, unbelievable step.
"It is sometimes a natural progression to be able to do all of those things, so I was quite comfortable with it."