Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Warnock Insists That It's Death or Glory for QPR; Manager Says His Side Will Be Aiming to Win Every Game in the Championship This Season as He Plans All-Out Attack in Promotion Bid. Ian Gibb Reports

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Warnock Insists That It's Death or Glory for QPR; Manager Says His Side Will Be Aiming to Win Every Game in the Championship This Season as He Plans All-Out Attack in Promotion Bid. Ian Gibb Reports

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Byline: Ian Gibb

IF NEIL WARNOCK'S players have holidayed half as vigorously as their manager, Queens Park Rangers will be fit to storm the Championship this season.

Warnock chose to forego the pleasures of lying on a Barbados beach contemplating his navel and the shape of his comparatively new team for the kind of adventure the Famous Five would have adored.

He said: "We went up to a log cabin in Scotland, where (my wife) Sharon's grandparents live, and did everything. We quad biked over fantastic terrain, went horseriding, fishing, cycled out for half a day, then half a day back. Just a fantastic old-fashioned holiday.

"We skinny-dipped in this deepest, fresh water pool among the rocks that you've ever seen. All the family jumped in, one after the other. I couldn't see the players jumping in like that!" All of which has left Warnock in the rudest of health to attack the Championship playing the kind of football that he swears the punters will love.

"I want to enjoy myself this season," said the 61-year-old. "No going away and trying to nick a result. We're going for the win, every time, home and away. Death or glory stuff if you like.

"The fans have been brought up on good play. That's what I want."

Not that he's been stopped from getting in the kind of warriors who will certainly pass the ball about.

That means characters like Shaun Derry to stiffen the midfield and Clint Hill for his defensive steel and ability at set-pieces first fashioned at Stoke before Warnock took him to Crystal Palace along with Derry.

Blackpool's promotion to the Premier League gives Warnock hope that QPR can follow suit.

He said: "Just look what they achieved last season by playing good football. Yet when they came to Selhurst Park around March time we did them 4-1 and poor old Ian Holloway looked like he was going to commit suicide.

"They say we're favourites because of our backers, but we haven't spent a lot. …

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