Warnock and Fernandes talk shop

The Malaysian business tycoon’s takeover of the club in late August

provided the financial clout for Warnock to sign six new players in

the last week of trading. The likes of Joey Barton, Shaun

Wright-Phillips and Anton Ferdinand were among those to arrive at

Loftus Road and talks will begin on Thursday about the next batch

of potential signings. “Tony has given me great support and I

couldn’t wish for more backing from him since he arrived,” Warnock

told the London Evening Standard. “We have already begun talking

about what we are going to do in January and have a number of

ideas. He is coming to see me to talk about them on Thursday.

“There are so many things that are possibilities and if I ask for a

certain player, the board will support me. At the moment a striker

and defender are my two priorities. “We are looking abroad as well

as in this country. We would be silly not to because Tony has all

these contacts. “We haven’t got a big enough squad, but we just

have to keep going now until January and look to improve again.

“People should know that we are still in the infancy of what we are

trying to do.” QPR have impressed since Fernandes completed his

takeover, notably winning 3-0 victory at Wolves and securing home

draws with Newcastle and Aston Villa. However, the west Londoners

return from the two-week international break on the back of a

resounding 6-0 defeat at neighbours Fulham. Warnock admitted the

result was a “wake-up call” and, while claiming unfortunate

circumstances had an impact at Craven Cottage, pledged to respond

against Blackburn on Saturday. “We are going to get a few drubbings

this season, but we need the back four to be injury-free,” he said.

“We have done well when we have had a steady back four, but it was

decimated against Fulham. “[Armand] Traore was suspended so Luke

Young had to go left-back. Fitz Hall has been playing with a

hamstring injury. Everything went wrong. “It was like we were blase

because we had done so well in the previous matches. “We just

thought it was going to be straightforward. “It was bad enough to

lose a goal after a few seconds, but we lost our discipline then.

It was a good lesson. “I have been able to work with all the

players apart from Traore and [Adel] Taarabt during the

international break. “They were just disappointed with what

happened but have stepped up training and want to make it up to the

fans.” Warnock particularly wants the players to make amends this

weekend to repay the loyalty shown by Rangers fans at Fulham. “I

will never forget how they supported us at Craven Cottage,” he

added. “We were 6-0 down and they were chanting my name – that

never happens. “They must realise how much a boost it gave me and

the players. “It is standard practice when things go wrong you have

a go at players and a manager, but they still got behind us. “We

haven’t won at home and we have to go all out to beat Blackburn.

After this match we play Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester City. “I

am looking forward to those games but it would be perfect to go

into that tough schedule with a victory.”