Warnock promised January cash

Fernandes’ 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 majority of those featured in Saturday’s 1-1

draw with Blackburn, where Christopher Samba’s towering header

denied the R’s a first home victory after Heidar Helguson

cross-shot broke the deadlock. Fernandes was at Loftus Road for the

match and, while frustrated by the result, believes the signs are

promising. “It was a bit disappointing but this is all part of

building,” he said. “We have had a bit of bad luck at home. “We

outplayed Newcastle and, if you look at the league table, they are

fourth and we played them off the park. “We played well against

Villa and I thought there could have been a penalty there that

should have gone our way, but that’s football. “But to be 10th at

this stage of the season is something to be proud of ahead of three

tough games.” After the likes of Joey Barton, Shaun Wright-Phillips

and Anton Ferdinand arrived at Loftus Road, Fernandes held talks

with Warnock on Thursday about the next batch of potential

signings. The R’s boss indicated that as many as five new players

could arrive in the next transfer window and Fernandes has promised

to back the manager. “I don’t know about five players but it

depends what comes along,” he said. “We have some interesting

options. “We may end up with five players but we definitely have to

strengthen the squad. There are no two ways about it. “There are

certain areas we need to look at, probably up front we could do

with a little more depth. “But Helguson played well and it is good

to have [Jamie] Mackie back from injury so hopefully we can keep

everyone fit, which is one of our problems. “We have had a bit of

disruption since the Newcastle game so certainly we’ll be looking

at new players.” Many were surprised by the news that both Helguson

and Mackie were handed starting berths against Rovers, although

visitors of QPR web forums were already aware of the news. As well

as the squad changes, DJ Campbell’s metatarsal injury was leaked by

a forum member, who received the full force of Warnock’s wrath in

the post-match press conference. The Rs boss showed a piece of

paper with the individual’s email address on it, which was

subsequently published on the club’s official website. The decision

to publish personal information has been derided on social networks

by fans, leading to calls for the address to be removed.