Warnock gearing up for season
Neil Warnock is excited about QPR's fixtures but admits he still needs 'five or six' signings.
Last Updated: 17/06/11 1:49pm
Neil Warnock has expressed his excitement after learning Queens Park Rangers' Premier League fixture list but admits he still needs to make 'five or six' signings before the start of the season.
Having won the Championship title last term, QPR kick off their return to the top flight with a home game against Bolton on the opening weekend of the new campaign.
Warnock accepts that it will be vital to perform well at Loftus Road but is refusing to set a points target for survival following the unpredictability of the 2010/11 season.
He told Sky Sports News: "It's just fantastic. The Premier League is where we all want to be and I think it's a great achievement for all the clubs coming up.
"When you see the fixtures it's just so exciting. It doesn't matter who you play, it's just fabulous to be involved.
"I think last year proved you can win away from home. You have to have a decent home record but I think the thing is to try and play without fear.
"Our home record has always been good. I think it is an intimidating place and we have a great atmosphere for a football club."
Five or six
Warnock has a busy summer ahead before QPR return to Premier League action on 13th August, with a number of reinforcements required to ensure the squad is competitive.
He concedes it has been tough to find the right players so far but is confident he will get enough fresh faces in before the transfer window closes.
"We need five or six signings, which we are desperately trying to move on," Warnock explained.
"It is difficult at the moment but when the season starts we will be ready and Loftus Road will be buzzing at the rafters.
"We do need some signing but the lads that took us up deserve a chance as well.
"It's not just a matter of signings. I've got to get the right ones that I think will go in to the team and make the team better.
"I am going to persevere. Ian Holloway said to me that he thought where they (Blackpool) made a mistake was not getting the squad big enough before the end of August, and we don't want to make that mistake if we can help it."
Warnock reacted with humour to the latest speculation linking Adel Taarabt with a move away from QPR.
The talented Moroccan, who played such a key role in securing promotion, has revealed this week that he is tempted by the idea of playing for a top-four club.
Warnock is not paying too much attention to the stories but has challenged Taarabt to make himself an even more attractive proposition by taking the Premier League by storm.
"You take it with a pinch of salt. I read this morning he fancies Chelsea and Arsenal, so hopefully he will turn it on against these clubs and get himself a move," said Warnock.
"I'll probably have had enough of him by Christmas, so hopefully he'll score 10 or 15 goals by then and get himself a move."