When it comes to Alan Pardew, the only thing that has changed is people's perception
Measured, cool, calm, confident and very much in the zone when it comes to managing Newcastle United.
That is my own personal assement of Alan Pardew and the job he has carried out at Newcastle United so far.
On Pardew's first day at the club's Benton base, the manager invited me to the training ground for lunch and was as cool and calm as he is now with the team flying high at the right end of the Premier League.
Pardew was polite and straight to the point, he knew he had a big task ahead of him but wasn't daunted - indeed just 2% of Chronicle readers wanted the ex-West Ham boss in charge back in December.
Slowly but surely Pardew has built stability.
Helped by Geordie assistant manager John Carver and fellow Tynesider Steve Stone, Pardew has the right team around him to bounce ideas off.
And the good thing is with the Londoner, he isn't afraid to ask the questions that might get a negative reaction.
Always probing and always prodding, no stone is unturned when it comes to getting a result for Newcastle United in the eyes of Pardew.
It's clear that Pardew is very much the thinking manager, but his love of statistics and ProZone make sure his players have every single chance of getting a result.
Each week they are handed bitesize chunks of information, and it is clearly working for them after 10 games unbeaten.
Pardew has already weathered some major storms since taking over at Newcastle.
Not least, his appointment when he replaced the popular figure for Chris Hughton.
Hughton achieved some great things with the likes of Andy Carroll, Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton in his team, but the question now is, could they really have been up as high as third in the table now?
We will never know.
But there is an air of confidence at St James' Park at the moment.
Pardew's pre-season was an endurance test alone.
Problems with visas, a tough and lengthy tour of America, two of his first team "professionals" tweeting their problems in the public domain without consulting him first, and a slow build-up of pressure in the transfer market that culminated without a number 9 being signed.
Somehow, all of that was absorbed by the manager and turned into a positive.
Pardew was on the end of plenty of abuse when he was appointed, and even in the summer when his words were constantly run down by critics.
One Tweet after his appointment read: "Alan Pardew? Is Mike Ashley taking the ****?"
Yet step by step he has moved Newcastle along.
A manager should be judged on results, Pardew - who has even been talked about as the next England boss in recent days - has suffered just nine defeats out of 36 at Newcastle.
Credit where it is due, Pardew has won plenty of fans over as chants of "Walking in a Pardew Wonderland" suggested at Stoke on Monday night.