Wolves boss Mick McCarthy insists he is returning to the Stadium of Light to face his old club on good terms.
Wolves travel to Sunderland on Sunday, in a game which can bee seen live on Sky Sports 1 and HD1, three and a half years after he was sacked as boss.
McCarthy achieved promotion as manager of the Black Cats in 2005 before getting the chop in March the following year after the team's abysmal points tally.
The disappointing end to his time in charge of Sunderland comes with no regret from the former Republic of Ireland manager though, and he insists he still has good ties at the club.
"When I was there ultimately, results weren't good enough," said McCarthy. "But I left on great terms."
"I have a great relationship with everyone there and I get a good reception going back there.
"But fans want their team to win and I am sure that if we are winning they will give me some grief. That is just the way it is."
The current setup at the Stadium of Light is a far cry from how the club was run during McCarthy's spell in charge, with present manager Steve Bruce spending £36million in the summer.
McCarthy was restricted to a budget of £6million when in charge, a figure similar to his current resources at Molineux, but he
insists he is not jealous.
"I am delighted with what we are doing here, how we are doing it and the opportunities that I have got," he added.
"It is all about timing. If we want to start wishing my life back then I wish I was still fit enough to play for Manchester City.
"If I had one wish it would not be to go back to Sunderland with all the money, it would be to be able to play at Manchester City now, to be in that team and be at the top of the Premier League and earning £100,000 a week."
Ahead of the game, McCarthy has singled out Sunderland striker Darren Bent as the dangerman as Wolves seek their second away win of the season.
Bent has been in fine form since his big-money move from Tottenham, netting five Premier League goals already this term, and McCarthy is aware of his threat.
"Darren Bent is a good player, he is a very good striker and he works the defenders by his movement and his pace," said McCarthy.
"He is good in the air and to be honest he seems to be in a bit of form at the moment.
"Steve has brought him, he is playing well and regularly and that gives you confidence."