"It's early on and I'm sure we'll learn a lot more but changes have been made on and off the field. There are big differences," says a player who, at the age of 21, has already played under 11 different bosses (caretakers included) at club level alone.
"I have worked with a few managers at this club (Sir Bobby Robson, John Carver, Graeme Souness, Glenn Roeder, Nigel Pearson and now Allardyce) and since this manager has come in it really has felt like there has been a change. We are doing things in a better way - a more professional way - and we're preparing better for the games.
"With the players here, there is a lot of quality and everyone is working for each other."
The process has not been one of change by stealth, rather a full-blown revolution.
"Just look around the training ground to see the changes," Milner told The Journal. "There are a lot of changes in the gym. The structure of the training is different and the recovery sessions are different - after and before games. While beforehand we had meetings and looked at the opposition, now we are analysing our own performances a bit more. That's important because you learn a lot from every game. When you analyse the games as a team, you're all on the same page."