Everton manager David Moyes believes promoted teams have now cast aside their tag as relegation favourites.
Swansea, Norwich and QPR all gained elevation to the top-flight from the Championship at the end of last season.
While the Rs are battling to avoid the drop, the other two teams have earned plaudits for the way they have performed this term.
At the heart of their fortunes have been two young vibrant managers in Brendan Rodgers and Paul Lambert.
Their philosophies have been hailed by Moyes who feels younger coaches - Rodgers is 39 and Lambert 42 - are a breath of fresh air to the competition.
Everton face Norwich on Saturday and Moyes and is aware he faces a new type of promoted side.
"The teams who come up are not automatic favourites to go back down and you've seen that with the likes of Swansea and Norwich this season," he said.
"They have some momentum from getting promoted and what it says is the teams who come out of the Championship are in a financially better condition than those at the bottom end of the Premier League, which allows them to buy some players in.
"Some younger coaches come in with some different styles and are brave with what they do and that is great credit to them.
"I don't think the managers are doing things a great deal differently; I just think they are coming in with fresh ideas.
"They are young and hungry and want to be successful and want to have longevity in the game so they know they have to get results and play in a style which will give them that chance.
"You can see what Swansea have done and Paul Lambert has brought his team up and played three or four styles at different times.
"It has been a little bit of a surprise how well they have done but Paul has done a brilliant job in bringing them up and they have taken some big scalps."
And Moyes admits the emergence of a younger breed of manager means even himself, having just celebrated 10 years at the club, has to up his game.
"I have always said if you are in this job you can't put your feet under the table, you have to find new ways of doing it right," he added.