Mark Warburton ready for new challenge


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New QPR boss Mark Warburton says his side have been handed a tough start to the new Championship season but is hopeful of a positive beginning to his time in charge.

The former Rangers and Nottingham Forest boss was named Rangers’ new manager on a two-year contract at the end of last season and his first league games see Rangers travel to Stoke on the opening day followed by a home game against Huddersfield Town.

He told the club’s official website: “Every game, week in – week out will demand a lot of you. We have to be prepared. They’re good fixtures, good for the fans and we have to make sure that we are consistent.

“I hope that we can have a good pre-season. We want to start to excite the fans by bringing in some new players. We’ve had some new ones arrive already and hopefully we can add to that, so the fans can see some new faces.”

Warburton has already brought three new players to the club. Liam Kelly, Lee Wallace and Yoann Barbet have all arrived at Loftus Road. Goalkeeper Kelly comes in from Scottish football, having been with Livingston last season. Left-back Wallace comes in from Rangers where he was made captain by Warburton.

He leaves having made over 250 appearances for the Ibrox club. French defender Barbet comes from another of Warburton’s former clubs Brentford, rejecting a new deal at Griffin Park and signing for London rivals Rangers.

QPR prepare for the new season with games against Austria Vienna, Boreham Wood, Oxford and Watford before beginning the new Championship campaign away to Stoke on August 3.

QPR are at 19.00 to win promotion back to the Premier League at the end of next season with Leeds United 2.80 and Fulham 3.40.

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