Manchester United manager David Moyes has underlined the core aspects of his managerial philosophy that will never change.
Moyes has come to the end of his first pre-season campaign as United boss but before last night's encounter with Kitchee FC, he spoke to Press Association Sport.
And, whilst a journey that has taken him from humble beginnings at Preston to his present status in charge of the Premier League champions has clearly exposed himself to better players, he feels some values remain the same.
"There are still core values," he said.
"There are still standards you want, which are basic at any level of football; discipline, punctuality, level of intensity in a training session.
"Those things do not change."
Observing Moyes on the training pitch is to see a man at ease with his work.
Maybe that is to be expected in a man whose attention to detail is such he used to drive south on his days off whilst still a player at Dunfermline to watch matches to broaden his knowledge of the game.
"I always think it is important to watch and learn and try to get better and improve," he said.
"I am no different now.
"My enthusiasm to try and make training as real as the games, having imagination and the pictures you see is still the same.
"But your coaching style and how you work is continually evolving.
"You change with the level of player you have. You have to think differently about the work you are giving players.
"Hopefully that would be the way I would continually try to self-improve."
Moyes has officially been in charge less than a month. In the cases of Javier Hernandez and Antonio Valencia, he has not even met some of his players yet. There is over a month left until the transfer window closes.
Yet some United fans have shown their impatience already, questioning the lack of new arrivals ahead of a campaign that admittedly begins with those three blockbuster fixtures out of the first five.
"If you win one game folk will think you are good. If you lose one folk will think you are rubbish," said Moyes.
"You hope there is a little bit of sense and people understand where you are going.
"It is a big job. It is a new job.
"It will take time, as it would for anybody else."
And, it is worth remembering amid the sniping over the pursuit of Cesc Fabregas, not even Sir Alex Ferguson got everyone he wanted.
And Moyes has the added difficulty of operating in an already congested market place cashed-up French duo Paris St Germain and Monaco have now muscled their way into.
"That is not something Manchester United are frightened of," said Moyes.
"Manchester United are more than happy to compete with all of the teams.
"There has been a change in the dynamic because of PSG coming on the scene recently. That has altered things.
"But Manchester United will always compete.
"One thing it has got is the history. It has got the name. It has got the success.
"That is a big pull for any player."