Warnock looking to new signings

The west Londoners returned to the top flight after a 15-year

absence this summer but their form has been indifferent, winning at

Everton but losing to Bolton and Wigan. However, QPR look a

different proposition heading into Monday night’s home clash with

Newcastle and have six new signings looking to make their debuts.

Warnock brought in the players after Tony Fernandes’ recent

takeover and believes it can help the R’s stave off relegation back

to the Championship. “The whole of training has been lifted,” he

said. “Just having people around has made things 50 or 60% higher

intensity and everything. “Just watching from the sideline you can

see what these players have brought to the club. “It is just the

next step. I think it is a natural step to bring in some quality

players into an already good squad and I think it just lifts you.

“Whether it is journalism or whatever, if you get competition in

alongside you it makes you want to be better and my players have

had the same response.” Rangers’ standout signing was that of Joey

Barton, who looks set to make his debut against former club

Newcastle on Monday evening. The 28-year-old was in the final year

of his contract at St James’ Park and was made available for a free

transfer after criticising the club’s recruitment policy via his

Twitter account. Warnock admits Barton’s signature was quite a coup

for the newly-promoted side and thinks he is capable of playing for

a top-four club. “I thought London might just tempt Joey,” he

added. “I know he is very articulate with his tweets and I know he

likes museums and oil paintings so I thought it might just tempt

him and his partner. “I think she wanted to come down as well so

that was always thought at the back [of my mind]. “Listen,

everybody always talks about Joey’s baggage and I think if you look

at myself, we have all said and done things in the past that we

probably regret later on. “But if you look at what Joey has got to

offer, if he didn’t have a little bit of baggage then I am sure

Queens Park Rangers couldn’t be signing him. “I think he would be

at a top four club without a shadow of a doubt. “You can’t tell me

he wouldn’t enhance at least three of the top four clubs because I

think he would.”