Whilst you would hope that the Black Cats are motivated for the tie against their fierce rivals as it is, Cattermole has told the Northern Echo that the presence of Dick Advocaat in charge will bring added motivation for the players.
Advocaat took charge of the Wearside club just prior to the international break, and had little time to work with the squad before his first game in charge.
That tie, an away game at West Ham, ended in a tight 1-0 defeat, but there was a visible improvement from the Black Cats.
Having now had a fortnight to properly force his influence upon the Sunderland team, thanks to the international break, it is this weekend’s Tyne-Wear derby at home to Newcastle that will actually feel like Advocaat’s debut game.
The starting XI will start to properly show the style that the Dutch coach will have pushed on them, and it will likely bring an indication as to whether they have any chance of securing Premier League survival.
This is the game in which the players selected will want to perform their best to prove to the coach that they deserve to be starting for the relegation threatened team, and Cattermole - who could play a key role in the midfield - has admitted that the presence of the new manager means that everyone will be more motivated to impress.
The English midfielder said: “It’s like being back at school trials, where you try to impress the new manager. That’s the way it works, rightly or wrongly.”