Newcastle United fans may already be familiar with Eddie Howe’s love for inspirational quotes - and messages on the wall.
Cast your mind back to the 44-year-old’s first game in the dugout at St James’ Park against Norwich City in November, Wor Flags captured one of his favorites.
During their pre-match flag display at the Gallowgate End, a banner was unveiled which said “Make each day your masterpiece”.
That famous quote comes from US college basketball coach John Wooden. And there are many more where that came from.
Going back to his Bournemouth days, the corridors and rooms of the Vitaliy Stadium were noticeably covered during a hugely insightful interview with Gary Linker in 2018.
On his office wall was a sign reading ‘12 lessons in leadership’ - tips include good values attract good people, emotion is your enemy and little things make big things happen.
There were also quotes from Vince Lombardi ‘The only place success comes before work, is in the dictionary’ and Eric Cantona ‘every experience makes you man’
Another is ‘anything is possible together’, which is already fitting to the atmosphere Howe has created on Tyneside.
The Magpies continued their surge towards Premier League safety with a 2-0 win at Brentford on Saturday, courtesy of goals from Joelinton and Joe Willock.
The victory lifted the club four points above the drop zone and into 14th, all whilst extending their unbeaten run to seven matches.
Having taken what feels like such a great stride towards retaining their top-flight status, the away dressing room was in good spirits at full-time.
One photo to emerge spoke a thousand words (see below) with team spirit and togetherness in abundance.
And if you look closely above the heads of Paul Dummett and Sean Longstaff, you’ll see the signs ‘We are Newcastle. We are United’.
It’s the little things by Howe that are proving just as important in Newcastle’s fight to remain a Premier League club, as relayed by Ryan Fraser on Saturday.
He said: “Philosophy, togetherness, team spirit – every little thing you can think of he’s came in and changed – to walking into the training ground and seeing things up on the wall that inspire you in the morning.
“Honesty, I could keep you here for days to tell you what he’s changed and it’s been absolutely brilliant. And the lads have taken to it and not looked back really.”