The former Leicester City, Aston Villa and Celtic boss will meet the Black Cats squad tomorrow after signing a three-year deal on the weekend and one of his first goals is to have the Stadium of Light a fortress again.
"When the Stadium of Light is rocking it really is intimidating for other teams coming up," he told SAFC TV.
"I have managed on a number of occasions against Sunderland, in particular when I was in charge of Leicester for the League Cup semi-final in 1999.
"Sunderland at that stage had a really strong side. We did well to win the game; they gave us a torrid time and could have easily have gone through.
"I think the move from Roker Park to the Stadium of Light was done well; the club have settled in.
"The lights shining at night make the place a bit special. In recent times I have been up with Aston Villa and it's still an intimidating place; a great place if you can win your games."