"If we got over 40 points," he acknowledged, "then I think that will see us over the line.
"It's a very competitive league this year because there's been a string of clubs at the bottom of the league that have stayed in contact with each other and, from day one, I've said the more the merrier.
"Craven Cottage is one of the few remaining places that's similar to what it was way back when. I think it's a smashing football ground and one with a good atmosphere because everybody is so close to the pitch.
"I've also got two really outstanding memories of Craven Cottage that will stay with me after winning promotion there as a player with Bournemouth and as a manager with Gillingham."