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Warnock jubilant as QPR handed tough Bolton task

Queens Park Rangers make their return to the top flight of English football after a 15-year absence at home to Bolton Wanderers on August 13.

Queens Park Rangers make their return to the top flight of English football after a 15-year absence at home to Bolton Wanderers on August 13.

Neil Warnock, the QPR manager who led his side to the Championship title last season, said he was relishing the opportunity of leading a team in the Premier League once more.

"It's just fabulous to be involved," he told Sky Sports News. "When you see the fixtures it's so exciting. It doesn't matter who you play, the Premier League is where we all want to be. It's just fabulous to be involved.

"I think the thing is to try to play without fear. We know we're going to have one or two defeats but it's how you bounce back in the Premier League, and our home record's always been good."

Warnock is hoping to bolster his playing staff as he seeks to build a squad capable of staying in the top flight.

"The lads that took us up deserve a chance, but I've got to get the right players to make the team better," he said. "It's difficult at the moment but I'm going to persevere.

"I've spoken to [Blackpool manager] Ian Holloway and he thought where he made a mistake was not getting a squad big enough by the end of August and we don't want to make that mistake if we can help it."

Liverpool's new signing, Jordan Henderson, will meet his old club Sunderland on the opening day of the campaign.

"It's a massive test early on. It's nice to have a home game first," Steven Gerrard, the Liverpool captain, told liverpoolfc.tv. "Hopefully we will have a few new signings in and we can start the season with three points which would give us the confidence to then go and get a good result at Arsenal. That is a difficult place to go; we haven't won there for a while."

Manchester United, the champions, begin the defence of their title with a trip to The Hawthorns to face West Bromwich Albion.