Though it's yet to be mathematically guaranteed, any realist would agree that Reading's short return to the Premier League will end in May.
And as passionate as head coach Nigel Adkins is about positive thinking, he'll eventually have to accept reality as well.
So now that Reading are on their way back to the championship, how must they respond if they want to return to the Premier League sooner rather than later?
They've already taken the first step.
Sacking former manager Brian McDermott and bringing in Coach Adkins this late in the season shows Reading are committed to changing their football philosophy for better or for worse.
How by this time next year can Adkins expect to plan for a serious raise?