To say Roy Hodgson has transformed West Bromwich Albion’s fortunes since his appointment eight weeks ago would be a masterclass in understatement.
Six games, three wins, three draws since he first clocked in as Roberto Di Matteo’s successor.
It has left the Baggies on the cusp of survival.
Peter Odemwingie, who has scored 11 goals to equal Rob Earnshaw’s Premier League record of six years ago, gave an insight into the ex-Fulham and Liverpool managers methods – preparation which leaves them in 10th spot with just six games left to play.
The Nigerian said: “It’s obvious from the team spirit that he is a stronger person and he’s really got everyone knuckled down in training and working hard and that transfers into a good performance in the game.
“First of all it’s about his approach to the training process, which is very important.
“I remember once he mentioned how many minutes we had left in training and he’s not there to mess about in any of the minutes.
“Even if we have one minute left he is going to us it.
“But once training has ended he is another person.
“He walks with you and jokes with you and talks about different things.
“In the performances you can see a little bit of the seriousness and competition is back in the team.
“He is very calm. When he is serious and angry you can feel he wants you to do more, but he limits that.
“We had the difficult period but then there was a sense of urgency,” he added.
“Everyone knew we were going to lose out if we didn’t stay up and that made everyone really concentrate on the job in training and in games.
“And with his character the manager makes it clear that’s the only way and that is paying off now and everyone is working hard.”