Each week, Everton’s three Club Ambassadors - Graeme Sharp, Graham Stuart and Ian Snodin - take it in turns to offer their expert views in a regular column here on evertonfc.com.
This week, Ian Snodin looks ahead to the Blues crossing swords with brother Glynn - who is Sunderland's assistant manager - in the Carabao Cup.
Let’s make this clear straight away – there will be no brotherly love at all on Wednesday night!
I played against Glynn when I was at Everton. I made my debut against Sheffield Wednesday, who he was playing for at the time. I told him I’d kick him if I got the opportunity!
Nothing’s changed so I’ll be one million per cent wanting Everton to win. But after we knock them out I hope they win every game to get back into the Premier League.
Glynn recognises what a tough job both him and Simon Grayson have at the Stadium of Light. But they have been a successful partnership for a few years now, achieving promotion at Leeds United, Huddersfield Town and Preston North End. But Sunderland probably represents the toughest job they’ve had.
The Black Cats are a club struggling a little bit – relegated from the Premier League, with a couple of managerial targets who turned them down in the summer.
However, I have played for them during a short loan spell in 1994 under Mick Buxton and the supporters are unbelievable. It’s a pity to see them languishing at the minute. There’s a lot of rebuilding to do at Sunderland and Glynn and Simon realised that when they went in there.
Of course, there is a strong Everton flavour to their squad at the moment. They took Aiden McGeady on loan when they were at Preston and Glynn said he was exceptional there so they had no hesitation about buying him for Sunderland. They also signed James Vaughan from Bury and both Tyias Browning and Brendan Galloway are on loan. On top of that you have Bryan Oviedo and Darron Gibson still there.
In Glynn, Sunderland have a real top coach. I always looked up to him and I’ve played in the same team as him too for many years. He has had a good career, playing for many good clubs and in more than 500 league games. In coaching, I think he is one of the best coaches around - although I might be biased!
I know the players he has worked with – including Graham Stuart and Franny Jeffers at Charlton. There's a lot of players, like Scott Parker and Paul Konchesky, for instance, who have come up to me over the years and told me Glynn’s coaching is second to none.
As I say, I might be biased but when Diamond, who really wasn’t the greatest trainer in the world, turns round and says he enjoyed it then Glynn must have been good!
I wish him and the Black Cats the best of luck for the season – after Wednesday night, of course.